FDA To Host Public Workshop For E-Cigarettes
FDA to host public workshop for e-cigarettes. The workshop was designed to gather information on e-cigarettes and the public health.
In recent weeks, the FDA has announced that it plans to host a public workshop series, where the goal will be to gather scientific information and encourage discussions about e-cigarettes and the public health. Along with presentations, the workshop will allow panel discussions. For the first event of the workshop series, the FDA will be focusing on product science, packaging, labeling and environmental impacts. According to the FDA, the first workshop will be held on December 10th and 11th of this year.
The FDA believes that it is important to gather this scientific information. They also look to get the information from individuals that have a broad range of perspectives on technical topics, which will be discussed at the workshop.
The focus of this first workshop will be product science (specifically device designs and characteristics, and e-liquid and aerosol constituents), product packaging, constituent labeling and environmental impact. Future workshops will address the individual health and population health effects of e-cigarettes. – Food and Drug Administration
For those interested in participating by being a panelist, presenting, attending or even watching the live webcast is subject to register online or in writing. More information can be provided, such as how to get involved in the workshop series, important deadlines, and topic areas for this workshop, you can read the FDA announcement, which rests on the FDA website in the “Tobacco Products” category. You can visit that page here.
As I’m sure many large e-cigarette companies attended, the FDA has recently held a compliance training and education webinar, which was September 23rd. The webinar was on tobacco product advertising requirements concerning other media. In that webinar, the FDA was to include media types that can be used to distribute cigarette or smokeless tobacco product advertising or labeling. The webinar also aimed to explain requirements for other media, including the legal authority and required content, like warnings and disclaimers.
I believe the workshop series the FDA has planned is a good idea. Though I’m sure it will be moreso large e-cigarette companies that attend, I’m sure organizations such as CASAA, AEMSA and others will attend. Being as the FDA looks to discuss product packaging, labeling and other material, if the FDA’s proposed rule is set in stone, I have a feeling that they will require e-liquid manufacturers to enclose each bottle with a box. A good example of this packaging would be how NicQuid packages their e-liquid bottles. This can certainly raise the cost of e-liquid, again, if and when the rules are final.
We’re still on the speculation and waiting game…