Consumable Hemp Products

 All consumable hemp products that fall within the purview of the Louisiana Department of Health (LDH) must be registered with this office. This does not include incense products, candles, or soaps.  Registrations may only be submitted by manufacturers or authorized third-party logistics providers. If you have questions about retail dealer permits, please contact the Office of Alcohol Tobacco and Control of the Louisiana Department of Revenue at 225-925-4041 or visit the agency’s website at www.atc.louisiana.gov/cbd.php.  Use the below link on this page to submit your artwork for review. 

Currently LDH is undergoing rulemaking in order to integrate ACT 336 into regulations. The process is expected to be completed sometime in early 2022. While we are in the rulemaking process, products covered under ACT 336 can still be registered by using our CBD online portal to register your products, following the directions on the page, and acknowledging understanding of the rules and statutes. 

 

FREE CONSUMABLE HEMP WEBINAR SERIESThe Louisiana Department of Health held a free, one-hour Consumable Hemp Webinar on Thursday, November 4th at 10:00am CDT to help guide industry through the process of permitting and label registration. The recording of this webinar is posted at the bottom of this page. The next webinar, on the parts of a label and label requirements for registering products, will be held on December 9, 2021 at 10:00 AM CST. A link to participate will be posted shortly before the start time.

 

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Consumable Hemp Fast Facts

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  • Consumable Hemp Plans Review Questionnaire
The plans packet is provided by the sanitarian in the region in which your business will be operating. The questionnaire provides the department with basic information about your business. Note that if you are not engaged in wholesale manufacture or distribution of Consumable Hemp, you do not need a plans questionnaire or a permit from the Louisiana Department of Health.
  • Plumbing requirements (toilet count, grease interceptor)
Per the state sanitary code, the Certified Building Official (CBO) in your area is tasked with making most of the determinations regarding sizing and location of plumbing fixtures in your business. However, LDH does have the regulatory discretion to mandate that certain types of fixtures that are deemed critical to public health be present. For instance, even with a waiver from a local CBO, a person would not be permitted to open a food-service establishment with no hand lavatories.
  • Product registration form
The product registration application form, FD-10(N), is available for download further down this page. However, you should not simply download the form and send it to this office. The process starts with submitting label artwork for review. See the link at the top of the page to submit your artwork and supporting documents. LDH staff will review your submission along with online marketing language and materials and notify you of required changes. Once all necessary changes are made to render compliant artwork, you may submit a registration packet as directed by staff.
  • Certificates of analysis (CoAs)
One of the requirements for registering products is that the firm provide access by means of a QR code, barcode, or website URL printed on the product label, to original, per-batch certificates of analysis from a third-party laboratory for a cannabinoid profile, pesticide residues, solvent residues, heavy-metal contaminants, and microbiological contaminants. These CoAs must be from one or more laboratories that is/are accredited to the ISO/IEC 17025 standard.
  • Company representation
For legal reasons, we cannot engage in discussions with individuals who are not authorized to make the necessary commitments and modifications to existing artwork or marketing materials or physical facilities in regards to registration and permitting processes for particular firms.
  • Examples of impermissible medical claims or language
The statutory language in Louisiana's law specifically prohibits any kind of medical claims on products containing cannabidiol, and this includes claims that may ostensibly not be directly linked to the cannabidiol-containing ingredient. Nowhere on the physical packaging, the company's website or social media may the firm make any implicit or explicit claims that the products treat, cure or prevent any disease condition or otherwise have a structural or functional impact on the human body.
  • Responsible party name
For any type of business organization other than a proprietorship, the full firm name must be used as the responsible party name. If the products are being manufactured by a firm other than the registrant, this must be preceded by a qualifying statement such as "Manufactured for" or "Distributed by."
  • Statements of identity
The statement of identity tells a consumer what your product is; in the case of Consumable Hemp, the term "cannabidiol" is an insufficiently-specific descriptor. If the product is an extract, isolate, or tincture, the statement of identity should reflect that. This statement is one of two that needs to appear on the part of the label most likely to be observed by the consumer when it is sitting on a shelf (this is also known as the principal display panel).
  • Net quantity of contents
The net quantity of contents must appear on the part of the label most likely to be seen by a consumer when the product is displayed on a shelf (known as the principal display panel). Statements expressed in terms of fluid measure do not require a prefatory statement, but if one is present, it must be expressed in terms of fluid measure (e.g., "Net" or "Net contents") and never in terms of weight measure (e.g., "Net wt."). For items expressed in terms of weight measure, a prefatory statement is always required. Examples of valid statements include the following: Net wt. 8 oz (227 g), Net contents 1 fl. oz. (30 mL).
  • Examples of acceptable dosage forms
Statutory language prohibits consumable hemp products in forms intended for inhalation. In addition, due to the potential for confusion, LDH is not registering products such as suppositories, injections, infusions, implants or similar forms that are traditionally associated with pharmaceuticals.
  • Acceptable forms of payment for fees
The department is currently piloting a new online payment system specifically for Consumable Hemp registration payments. If you would prefer this option to including a cashier's check or money order with your registration packet, notify your label reviewer once your artwork has been accepted for registration. He or she will generate an invoice for your firm and direct you where to send the necessary documents once your payment is received. There is a small convenience fee charged by the third-party processor for online payments.

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REGULATIONS

 

  • Act 336 of the 2021 Louisiana Legislature - the current statutory framework for consumable hemp products and the hemp industry in Louisiana

  • Rules Addressing Hemp Product Registration and Inspection - pdf - NOTE: CURRENTLY UNDER REVISION AS OF OCTOBER 15, 2021

 

Our webinar on the basics of hemp permitting and registration from November 4, 2021

 


ITEMS ACCEPTED FOR REGISTRATION

revised 2021-12-2