6 August 2020 Positive change in direction The UK Hemp industry has been given an opportunity Following the announcement by the EFSA that they have suspended the submissions portal for Novel Food Applications pending its reclassification as a narcotic. The EFSA are waiting for the outcome of the W...
17 July 2020 The news that the EC may reclassify CBD as a narcotic is a crushing blow to the European hemp sector and will severely limit the EU market. In direct contrast the UK market, which falls under the auspices of the FSA, will not suffer the same fate, and looks set to forge ahead. The F...
13 July 2020 Following a very fruitful meeting with the FSA, we are happy to confirm that we now have reinstated a working relationship with the regulator. Many aspects of the ‘Route to Compliance’ were discussed and explained. Happily, we are in a unique position to help get our members products...
1 July 2020 As your new Managing Director, I would like to thank all the members for being patient at this time of great change. It’s been three weeks since I sat in the hot seat and I have hit the ground running. Shining a light onto the past has made me very aware that we need to be more tran...
18 June 2020 As you may have heard, on Wednesday 10th June the board decided that Mike Harlington should step down following his notice of resignation to embark on a new path. Mike remains an ally of the CTA and has promised his assistance with the Novel Food situation.  He will still be on ha...
18 June 2020 As you are all I’m sure aware, very late last month I handed my notice into the CTA in order to further develop my own business interests and release to me the time they required.  As such I agreed that in order to support the transition I would work with the Board and staff to en...
Due to current circumstances, many Cannabis Trades Association (CTA) members have pivoted their operations to aid the NHS and other healthcare related businesses, by supplying, donating and indeed manufacturing PPE and hand sanitisers.  To date, over £1.5m worth of supplies has been gifted by C...
Following current government advice on gatherings during the COVID19 pandemic, the CTA have decided to cancel this year's AGM that was to be held in Birmingham, in June. Pending advice on the legality of delaying or postponing the AGM, the association has been permitted to cancel this year’s genera...
On the 13th of February 2020, the FSA released a public statement for the first time, concerning the debate about the legislation of CBD extracts and products. Although the Cannabis Trades Association (CTA) duly welcome a Route to Compliance for the industry and its members, we are still of the opin...
The Cannabis Trades Association (CTA) is to launch a systematic campaign of political and media engagement to keep the pressure on the Foods Standards Agency (FSA) not to attempt to enforce any move against the CBD industry based on the ‘Novel Foods’ issue. Any such enforcement could hit millions of...
Following a successful meeting with the Foods Standards Agency in November, some reassuring news has been released that provides clarity on the sale of Cannabis related goods in the UK. On the 15th November 2019 the Cannabis Trades Association (CTA), led by CTA Director Tom Whettem (CEO – British C...
Association will not submit a Novel Foods ApplicationFollowing the changes to the Novel Foods Regulations and the uncertainty as to if the scope of the  regulations would include all cannabinoids and extracts of cannabis. The Cannabis Trades Association is opposed to submitting a Novel Foo...
Please see our update on the progress made after March's visit to Brussels...Article BRUSSELS - MH - FTCh - CTA LINK - March 2019.pdf
This is our official response to Government regarding a recent petition.  The petition was labelled "Keep CBD on the market as a food supplement."  We are continuing to work with our partners in Government and look forward to updating shortly.  OResponse to petition.pdf
CTA Position remains unchanged on Cannabidiol as a Novel Food Following a meeting between the Cannabis Trades Association and the Food Standards Agency, the Board of Directors CTA release the following statement: “After many phone calls with FSA the CTA finally met again on the 4th of March....