On May 15, 2015, FDA posted on their website; FDA and Marijuana: Questions and Answers, a statement that the agency considers CBD products to be excluded from the definition of "dietary supplements." On August 1, 2016, FDA updated this statement and "concluded that it is a prohibited act to introduce or deliver for introduction into interstate commerce any food (including any animal food or feed) to which cannabidiol has been added."
Since the NHN Expo Standards are based on FDA and other regulations, Natural Products Expos have updated our exhibitor standards as follows:
Cannabidiol (CBD) dietary supplements and foods (beginning at Expo West 2017) are not allowed at Natural Products Expos.
The Expo standards department is requesting that exhibitors do not display, sample or promote CBD products packaged or labeled as dietary supplements or foods, based on U.S. FDA's updated 8/1/2016 statement that the agency has issued. FDA and Marijuana: Questions and Answers
Cosmetics and bulk CBD will be allowed for display until further notice.
Statement of Purpose: Our goal is to enhance public health and safety, support industry self-regulation and foster the responsible growth of our industry. We present these standards in a spirit of cooperation with current industry efforts to ensure quality and integrity. We also believe these standards will increase consumer confidence in products promoted in our publications, trade shows and Internet sites. For more information, click on:
Standards department contacts:
Michelle Zerbib, Standards Director
Sarah Kormos, Standards Specialist
Chantel Spann, Standards Specialist