Cannabis as an ingredient in food or supplements (Hungary)

In Hungary, cannabis as an ingredient of food and food supplements is not a subject to national legislation, therefore the applicable EU rules and regulations, including Regulation (EU) No 2883/2015 on novel foods and Article 14 of Regulation (EC) No 178/2002 on the general principles and requirements of food law, on food safety requirements are the relevant legislation. If the CBD-compound can be administered to humans in the form of a food supplement (e.g. a tablet), it is consid-ered a novel food under Regulation (EU) 2015/2283 on novel foods. Its placing on the market is currently classified as risky in the risk assessment of the National Institute for Pharmacy and Food Safety. As a consequence, its unauthorised production and placing on the market as a food supplement may constitute an offence and may be punishable by a fine and/or community service. Separate food chain supervision fines may also be imposed under regulation Nr. 194/2008 (31 July 2008).

This is general information rather than legal advice and is current as of 30 May 2024. We recommend you contact a specialised food lawyer for legal advice for your particular circumstances to support commercial decisions which could impact your product or business.

Roland Kölcsey-Rieden