EU Adds CBD to Its List of Legal Cosmetic Ingredients

On February 4, the European Union (EU)’s Directorate-General for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs added cannabidiol (CBD) “derived from extract or tincture or resin of cannabis” as a legal cosmetic ingredient to its CosIng guidelines.

CosIng is a database of cosmetic regulations that expressly provides for authorized and unlawful ingredients and sets forth their particular purposes and functions.

This recent revision to CosIng follows the recent landmark ruling by the Court of Justice of the European Union (the CJEU) that CBD derived from the entire hemp plant is not a narcotic under the U.N. Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs of 1961; and thus, should be freely traded between EU member states.

Up until this revision to the CosIng guidelines, only synthetic CBD was expressly allowed as a cosmetic ingredient in the EU’s database. Now, the regulation provides that plant-derived CBD can serve the functions of anti-sebum, antioxidant, skin conditioner and skin protectant.

This regulatory change is another promising step toward the development of a uniform regulatory framework for the sale of CBD cosmetics (and other categories of CBD products) in the EU.

Although CosIng is not legally binding, this database serves as a guideline for EU member states when

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