The Hemp Trades Association UK Limited trading as The Cannabis Trades Association UK (CTA UK) is the only UK centric trade association for the UK, working with all sectors of the hemp and cannabis industry to promote good practice, provide practical advice and ensure consumers of legal cannabis and hemp products have access to top quality information.

Over 300 Certified Members & 1200 Registered Sellers, selling ethical, safe products.

The Cannabis Trades Association

Cannabis Trades has a Mission

Cannabis Trades was formed by a number of founder members who had developing businesses supplying the growing demand for CBD & Hemp based products.

The MHRA statement of opinion in 2016 to classify CBD is a medicine threatened this legitimate trade.

The Association founders came together to create a body to eliminate bad practice in the market and to ensure that member businesses continue to trade legally and ethically in the Hemp and CBD market. We up until now have focused on the growing CBD market, but our reach includes hemp and hemp products which are after all legal definitions of the same plant. Cannabis.

Our members agree to uphold standards based around the ethos of fair and transparent trading conditions ensuring members of the public know who they are dealing with, displaying correct and proper business information, ensuring they trade legally with respect to insurances and registration and above all fairness. No member of the Association will make medical claims nor provide medical or medicinal advice. Lastly no member will slander or denigrate another members’ business.

They are a group of like minded and honest business men and women who believe that Hemp and Cannabis products have the power to revolutionise modern life. Above all else our work is to change perceptions based around decades of misinformation and prejudice.



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The Cosmetic, Toiletry and Perfumery Association

Regulatory Framework & Rules for Association Members

  • To uphold the tenets and integrity of the Association, to maintain a professional and reputable business at all times in line with running a legal and responsible business model.
  • Never knowingly engage in activities likely to bring the legal cannabis and hemp trade sector into disrepute.
  • Hold valid and appropriate insurances in respect of public and employers’ liability and any other required insurances.
  • Respect Intellectual Property and legal commercial agreements, including Trade Marks, Patents, Licences, Goodwill, and Distribution Agreements.
  • Keep records of adverse effects and incidents involving any products you have manufactured, imported, or sold and where necessary notify the relevant authorities.
  • Provide suitable warranties and guarantees consistent with prevailing consumer and sector related legislation.
  • Take a positive and responsible attitude towards product information and latest information as it becomes available.
  • Never knowingly sell or misrepresent counterfeit or substandard products.
  • Ensure that all reasonable efforts are made to abide by the laws and regulations governing the manufacture, import, distribution, and sale of CBD products.
  • To never knowingly sell CBD products to anyone under the age of 18, anyone purchasing on the behalf of an under 18 must be aware that products sold as food supplements, traditional herbal remedies or products with marketing authority have stipulated recommended doses.
  • Ensure all products meet the labelling criteria the Association requires and clearly states recommended dosage instructions.
  • Promote the responsible usage of cannabis derived products.
  • Promote and where responsible, the membership benefits of the Association.
  • Report to the Association any products or sellers that may cause damage, harm or bring disrepute onto the industry.
  • Ensure that all sellers of branded products adhere to the rules of the Association.
  • To allow any authorised member to request samples for testing at your own expense with an authorised testing facility.
  • To provide samples for routine testing at suitable periods and to ensure those records are kept up to date.
  • To inform the Association of any changes in product line up and to ensure labs are in place before offering for sale.
  • To reasonably ensure lab reports are available for all products and available on request to the public.

CTA UK Compliance Policy

As the CTA UK Compliance Officer, it is my objective to support members of the CTA UK to ensure they are complying with all EU and UK laws, policies and regulations, alongside the rules and regulations of the CTA UK.

It is critical that the whole industry complies with relevant legislation. We are all responsible for proactively identifying, evaluating, mitigating and reporting on compliance risks across our industry. This is in all our interests so that our industry can flourish and thrive into the future. We cannot afford to allow past mistakes to be repeated.

The industry is rapidly growing and some new companies may be unaware of the relevant legislation and regulations. If you have been made aware of a breach of compliance within the industry, please contact me with details and I will work with them towards a solution.

Again, if you have any compliance related questions, please feel free to contact me.

Guy Coxall
CTA UK Compliance Officer

Compliance Related Articles

  • CTA UK Guidelines for CBD Food Supplement labelling and measures document: Download: CTA UK Guidelines for Product Regulation Compliance- Final 2
  • CTA UK Guidelines for CBD Vape Products Labelling: Coming Soon…
  • CTA UK Guidelines for CBD Cosmetics Labelling: Coming Soon…
  • CTA UK Guidance on Novel Foods and Nano Technology: Download: CTA UK Guidance on Novel Foods and Nano Technology

Useful Websites

  • MHRA Guidance Notes 8 – A Guide to what is a medicinal product – Useful guidance on advertising compliance (Not making medical claims)
  • FSA – Food Supplements Guidance and FAQ’sGov.UK guidance on ‘Product Satefy for Manufacturers’ including guidance on Cosmetic Products
  • Gov.UK Guidance on Product Safety for Manufacturers including Cosmetic Products
  • Supplying Cosmetic Products on the UK Market? A CTPA Guide to What You Need to Know
  • Gov.UK Guidance E-Cigarettes: regulations for consumer products
  • Good Manufacturing Practice for Manufacturers of Food Supplements