In a notice to be published September 17th in the Federal Register, the FDA Center for Tobacco Products announced that it will conduct a public workshop to discuss e-cigarettes, including product science, packaging and labeling, risks and benefits of product characteristics, strategies to mitigate consumer risks, and methods for evaluating product performance.  The notice further indicates that the FDA intends to conduct future workshops addressing both individual- and population-level health impacts of e-cigarettes.  The workshops will be held on December 10 and 11, 2014 in Silver Spring, Maryland.

Although the comment period recently closed on the FDA’s proposed “deeming” regulations that would subject e-cigarettes to the FDA’s authority under the Tobacco Control Act, the notice indicates that the “workshop is not intended to inform the Agency’s deeming rulemaking.”  Rather, the workshop is intended to “assist the Agency in carrying out its responsibilities under the law” if the FDA decides to “move forward as proposed to regulate e-cigarettes.”

For questions and/or comments, please contact Bryan Haynes, at 804.697.1420 or by email.