On July 5, 2022, the California Department of Public Health Food and Drug Branch (FDB) published the applications necessary for the administration of the Industrial Hemp Enrollment and Oversight (IHEO) authorization, initiated by the signing of Assembly Bill 45.
Simply put, if you intend to manufacture, pack, hold, or distribute applicable industrial hemp products, you must apply for an IHEO Authorization issued by the FDB.
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Who Must Apply for Hemp Registration and Licensing in California?
The FBS requires different hemp registrations for different industrial hemp products.
Hemp businesses that must apply for an IHEO authorization include:
- Extract manufacturers, including separate authorization forms for Los Angeles, Orange, and San Bernardino Counties,
- Human food manufacturers, including separate authorization forms for Los Angeles, Orange, and San Bernardino Counties,
- Processed pet food manufacturers,
- Cosmetics manufacturers,
- Human food manufacturers with cannery licenses, and
- Industrial hemp inhalable authorization, which is currently only available for out-of-state sales. This restriction is in line with AB-45’s current prohibition on the sale of smokable hemp products in California until a tax schedule has been created.
With the exception of the industrial hemp inhalable authorization, each of the above mentioned categories require two separate application forms.
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