Tags: Regulatory

January 5, 2023

EU harmonizes THC limits in hemp seed (food) as from 1 January 2023

Hemp seeds have been eaten in the EU for a long time. The seeds may contain trace amounts of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) because this cannabinoid is a natural constituent of the cannabis plant from which the seeds originate. The EU regulator has decided to harmonize the maximum levels for THC in hemp seeds throughout the Union within the food contaminants framework.

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November 16, 2022

Invisible life to the rescue: European Commission facilitates approval of micro-organisms in plant protection products from 21 November 2022

Micro-organisms or microbes (e.g. bacteria, fungi or protozoa) are invisible to us but play a significant ecological role as they help to break down organic matter and produce oxygen. Some of them protect crops from pests and diseases, making them a suitable alternative to chemical-based plant protection. Given its ambition […]

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May 11, 2021

“100g of mealworm please!” – First insect approved under the Novel Foods Regulation

On 3 May 2021, the EU Member states approved “dried yellow mealworms” as a novel food under EU Regulation 2015/2283. According to the applicant, mealworms can be used in a broad range of food products, such as bread, cookies, or pasta.

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November 30, 2020

Precaution is not enough – CJEU finds that Cannabidiol (CBD) is not a narcotic drug

The legal status of CBD, a naturally occurring compound found in the cannabis plant, is murky. The Court has ruled that CBD is not a narcotic drug and that the principles of free movement apply.

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November 23, 2020

TRIS procedure further clarified by the Court of Justice in two recent rulings of 8 October 2020

The Court of Justice of the EU has shed light on Directive 2015/1535 (TRIS) in two recent rulings of 8 October 2020. They explain when a national law triggers the notification procedure and clarify the interrelationship with a notification under another piece of EU law.

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January 25, 2019

Anti-tampering devices : fading boundaries of parallel trade?

On 9 February 2019, a legislative package aimed at fighting medicines falsifications will enter into force across the EU.

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