H.B. 8179 Dietary Supplement Regulations for CBD in 2021

You may not know it yet, but we are thrilled to tell you that House Bill 8179 (H.B. 8179) is back in front of the house of representatives.

 

What is H.B 8179? 

This bill is supported by both parties and is expected to pass both the house and senate soon.

H.B. 8179 is the legislation proposing cannabidiol (CBD) derived from hemp, and any other ingredient derived from hemp, would be lawful for use under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FDCA) as an ingredient in a dietary supplement. 

 

What does this mean for the hemp and CBD industry?

As the hemp industry, we finally will have a legal framework to work within. These new regulations will also serve to push out those companies who either cannot or do not intend to follow the law. Those of us who remain, will be the reputable – making sure that our customers receive only safe hemp products. 

We believe that sensible regulation (not over regulation) of the hemp industry is important both from the consumer perspective and our industry perspective. For our clients, this means an increase in confidence in the efficacy and safety of hemp products overall. 

 

What regulations will impact the hemp industry? 

Once hemp products are categorized as dietary supplements, many regulations will impact the entire life cycle of these products. Claims substantiation for instance. How records are kept, to how products are returned. How raw materials are sourced and manufacturing processes.  How consumer complaints are handled and what we can say in advertising.  

 

The laws work together like this to govern dietary supplements:

The FTCA of 1914 established the Federal Trade Commission and outlaws unfair methods of competition and unfair acts or practices that affect commerce.

FDCA is a set of laws passed by Congress in 1938 giving authority to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to oversee the safety of food, drugs, medical devices, and cosmetics.

DSHEA is a 1994 statute which defines and regulates dietary supplements. Under DSHEA, supplements are effectively regulated by the FDCA. 

In 2011, the FDCA was amended to include FSMA, which requires facilities to create and implement safety plans and to register their facilities.

 

How do we make sure we are compliant?

Farm to Health Organics was founded on the principles of compliance. You can trust that all of Farm to Health Organic’s operations are fully compliant with these regulations even now.

You know that the product you receive from Farm to Health Organics is safe, efficacious, and trusted by our Wholesale partners as well as our retail consumers. 

Additionally, Farm to Health’s internal compliance staff will work with you to ensure your product labels are in compliance with all applicable regulatory requirements. 

Finally, Farm to Health Organics also offers a resource list and includes trusted resources of all sorts including contacts to support compliance initiatives. 

If you have any questions regarding these regulatory requirements and how we comply, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us. Thank you for being a great part of the Farm to Health Organics family!