A key market regulator for trade in the European Union has updated its guidelines to add plant-derived CBD as a legal ingredient in cosmetics.

The change comes after the European Industrial Hemp Association pointed out that the European Court of Justice recently ruled that CBD should not be classified as a drug and can be freely traded.

The classification change was made by the EU’s Directorate-General for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs (small- and medium-sized enterprises). Previously, only synthetic CBD was listed in the agency’s database.

Regulators list plant-derived CBD as a skin protectant and conditioner and note its function as an anti-oxidant.

“These are the types of news that make my day,” EIHA’s managing director, Lorenza Romanese, said in a statement.

Learn more about the European hemp market in this free report.

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