Forward Regulatory Plan 2023-2025: Proposed Approach to the Regulation of Health Products Containing Cannabidiol (CBD) that would not require practitioner oversight
Title of Regulatory Initiative
Proposed Approach to the Regulation of Health Products Containing Cannabidiol (CBD) that would not require practitioner oversight
The proposed regulatory amendments will be informed by the recommendations provided by the Science Advisory Committee on Health Products Containing Cannabis, and departmental policy decision-making.
The proposed amendments would enable access to safe, effective and high quality health products containing cannabidiol (CBD) that would not require the oversight of a practitioner (i.e., available without a prescription).
Regulatory cooperation efforts (domestic and international)
This initiative is not part of a formal regulatory cooperation work plan.
Potential impacts on people in Canada, including businesses
It is anticipated that this proposal would result in access to a defined subset of safe, effective and high-quality health products containing CBD without the need for a prescription, as well as opportunities for businesses interested in expanding into the sale of these products in Canada.
Initial stakeholder engagement and consultations were undertaken in 2019.
Health Canada launched the Science Advisory Committee for Health Products Containing Cannabis in 2020. The department published the Report of the Science Advisory Committee on Health Products Containing Cannabis in July 2022.
Coinciding with the release of the Committee’s report, Health Canada published a Notice to Stakeholders inviting stakeholders to provide further comments and to submit additional scientific evidence pertaining to the safety and/or efficacy of CBD.
Health Canada intends to engage with key stakeholders further in 2023-24.
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Departmental contact information
Office of Legislative and Regulatory Modernization
Policy, Planning and International Affairs Directorate
Health Products and Food Branch
Date the regulatory initiative was first included in the Forward Regulatory Plan
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