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December 27, 2021

iBET and FIPA – Federation of Portuguese Agro-Food Industries organized last December 16 an online event on future challenges and opportunities for innovation in the cannabis industry.

The event provided a place to discuss and clarify the differences between variants and terms related to cannabis and to present related research and innovation projects developed by iBET.

Pedro Queiroz, Director General of FIPA, opened the session and highlighted the opportunity to clarify doubts and reflect on challenges regarding ​​regulation, research, marketing and consumer information on cannabis, underlining the need to regulate the market in this area.

iBET researchers from the Food and Health division, Naiara Fernandez, Teresa Serra and Sandra Silva presented challenges on “Extraction/purification/formulation”, “Bioactivity”, and “Chemical Characterisation”, respectively, in ongoing research projects at iBET involving cannabis.

João Taborda da Gama (Gama Glória Advogados), experienced lawyer in cannabis-related matters, and Fátima Godinho Carvalho (LEF) contributed with their views on the legal issues and regulatory requirements relating to quality control applicable to cannabis. Marta Borges (DGAV) addressed the fulfillment of obligations in the use of cannabis as food or food supplement, considering the framework of the European regulation on novel foods.

The event ended with a debate moderated by Alexandra Costa from iAlimentar and a closing session by Rui Frade, Executive Director of iBET. Rui Frade highlighted the progresses made in the field and the need to sustain the rising economic value of the plant with solid scientific knowledge to meet the quality requirements and trust standards desired by customers.

With more than 400 attendees, this iBET-FIPA webinar demonstrated the high interest of the research and industry communities in the potential of cannabis-derived products.

The webinar can be reviewed here.

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