The U.S. House Oversight Committee plans to grill U.S. Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Robert Califf about why the agency still hasn’t developed CBD regulations.
The FDA has said it is planning to release CBD guidance this year.
Rep. James Comer, chair of the Oversight Committee, said during an interview with the U.S. Hemp Roundtable advocacy group that his panel wants to ask Califf about the FDA’s “lack of action” on issues including hemp-derived CBD that fall under the agency’s regulatory jurisdiction, according to MJBiz Daily.
“I want to bring the FDA commissioner in front of the committee, and this is one of the things that we want to talk about,” Comer, a Republican from Kentucky, told the U.S. Hemp Roundtable.
“It’s not just their lack of action with respect to CBD and other types of hemp – it’s their inaction regarding a lot of areas of their jurisdiction.”
Comer said he believes the FDA’s focus on Covid-19 and vaccines might have prevented the agency from addressing other issues.
According to Hemp Today, the FDA has focused on enforcement rather than clarifying what the rules are.
In March, for example, the FDA and Federal Trade Commission sent letters to several CBD companies warning them about making health claims related to Covid-19.