United Patients Alliance are aware that there are thousands of people in the UK who feel that supplementing their intake with hemp cannabinoids is beneficial for their health and well-being.
There are an ever increasing array of products appearing, most with very few quality or legality checks and balances and we get asked frequently for advice on product and vendor trust and quality especially as there is concern that not all products necessarily contain what is advertised.
In October 2016, it was brought to the attention of the MHRA that some vendors of CBD products were making medical claims for their product(s) and issued a statement that products used for medicinal purposes are a medicine. Some vendors were asked to remove their products from the market apply for appropriate licensing.
UPA asked for the help of Norman Lamb MP, who, along with Baroness Meacher, Professor David Nutt, the European Industrial Hemp Association (EIHA) and members have been welcomed to consult with the MHRA. It is expected that the MHRA will make a statement at some point clarifying the situation. Whilst these issues are being addressed, hemp food supplements remain legally available for sale.
The future regulations relating to CBD are likely to be close to this position paper from the EIHA.
Until then, CBD Sellers must not make any medical claims for their products or describe them as medicines without applying for and receiving an appropriate license,
Below you will find the European Guidelines on how to differentiate between Food Supplements and Medicines
Homeostasis; A Model to Distinguish between Foods and Medicinal Products
UPDATE - December 2018 - The World Health Organisation Publishes Pre-Report on Cannabidiol (CBD) - and it's really good news
Do business selling Hemp/CBD Products need to register with a Trade Organisation?
We have been asked this question many times and for clarification, we can confirm that the simple answer is No!
From the MHRA:
"From our perspective there is no requirement to become a member of a trade body and we routinely advise companies directly. We would never abdicate any regulatory responsibility to a trade organisation and would take a very dim view should any make such claims."
United Patients Alliance Ltd. are a charitable organisation in the process of applying for Charity Registration. We are not-for-profit and completely independent.
For UPA to endorse any supplier to our patients and supporters, we expect the very highest quality standards. We are confident that the suppliers here meet those standards.
Consumer Support and Product Information
United Patients Alliance can provide general information on the benefits of CBD Rich Hemp Oil Products, however if you are lookoing for more detailed information on specific products we recommend these Consumer Group for trustworthy, qualified, friendly, independent and unbiased advice:
Please note that not all consumer groups can be said to only have the best interests of patients and consumers as a priority. There is a great deal of misinformation about companies, products, benefits, laws and regulation in the public domain. We, at United Patients Alliance are very well informed and always happy to help if you are unsure about anything.
For Vendors/sellers/manufacturers: The MHRA and the FSA are happy to accept and answer queries regarding concerns of any nature directly. They have helped many companies sort out their issues and we can say they are very friendly and helpful. We would be happy to direct you to the relevant departments.
United Patients Alliance Ltd.
United Patients Alliance Ltd, is a Non-Profit charitable organisation currently applying for Charity Registration. Any and all proceeds from any product or service UPA recommend or provide will be invested in supporting our members and advancing legal access to cannabis therapeutics in the UK for all. We are currently applying for Charity Registration. All financial accounts will be published annually.
United Patients Alliance Ltd. is not providing any medical advice and none should be inferred from any products, ideas, suggestions, testimonials or other information on our website.
United Patients Alliance Ltd. make no representations or warranties in relation to the health information on third-party websites. You must not rely on the information as an alternative to medical advice from your doctor or other professional healthcare provider. You should never delay or disregard medical advice, or discontinue medical treatment because of information in our materials or provided by any representative, none of which information is intended to be a substitute for medical diagnosis, advice or treatment. If you are considering making any changes to your lifestyle, diet or nutrition, you should consult with your doctor or other health care provider. These products are sold as a healthy food supplement.