On an otherwise quiet Friday morning in July, FDA Commissioner Dr. Scott Gottlieb made the following significant announcements regarding FDA's regulation of tobacco and nicotine products:
This announcement contains encouraging news for CDA members, as the timelines for applications for newly regulated tobacco products are extended significantly, and FDA explicitly states that products can be marketed during the application process. FDA will be issuing ANPRMs on a number of issues, including “determining what role flavors play in attracting youth and may play in helping smokers switch to potentially less harmful forms of nicotine delivery, and making cigarettes less or non – addictive.” In these instances, CDA will continue to monitor and report on FDA activity on regulation of tobacco and nicotine products, and will advocate on behalf of thorough, science based regulations beneficial to the Convenience Distribution industry and our industry partners.
FDA press release: https://www.fda.gov/NewsEvents/Newsroom/PressAnnouncements/ucm568923.htm
Commissioner Gottlieb’s speech https://www.fda.gov/NewsEvents/Speeches/ucm569024.htm
The Convenience Distribution Association (CDA), formerly AWMA, is the trade organization working on behalf of convenience products distributors in the United States. Its distributor members represent more than $92 billion in U.S convenience product sales, serving a wide variety of small retail formats. Associate members include leading convenience product manufacturers, brokers, retailers, suppliers and others allied to the industry.