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The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is announcing the availability of a draft guidance entitled “Preliminary Timetable for the Review of Applications for Modified Risk Tobacco Products under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act.” This guidance is intended for manufacturers, retailers, importers, and FDA staff. The guidance describes FDA's current thinking regarding the appropriate preliminary timetable for its review of applications for Modified Risk Tobacco Products (MRTPs) under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (the act), as modified by the Federal Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act (Tobacco Control Act).
Although you can comment on any guidance at any time (see 21 CFR 10.115(g)(5)), to ensure that the agency considers your comment on this draft guidance before it begins work on the final version of the guidance, submit written or electronic comments on the draft guidance by February 25, 2010.
Submit written requests for single copies of the draft guidance document entitled “Preliminary Timetable for the Review of Applications for Modified Risk Tobacco Products under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act” to the Center for Tobacco Products, Food and Drug Administration, 9200 Corporate Blvd., Rockville, MD 20850-3229. Send one self-addressed adhesive label to assist that office in processing your request or include a fax number to which the draft guidance document may be sent. See the Start Printed Page 62330 SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section for electronic access to the guidance document.
Submit written comments on the guidance to the Division of Dockets Management (HFA-305), Food and Drug Administration, 5630 Fishers Lane, rm. 1061, Rockville, MD 20852. Submit electronic comments to http://www.regulations.gov. Identify comments with the docket number found in brackets in the heading of this document.Start Further Info
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:
Annette Marthaler, Center for Tobacco Products, Food and Drug Administration, 9200 Corporate Blvd., Rockville, MD 20850-3229, 240-276-1717, firstname.lastname@example.org.End Further Info End Preamble Start Supplemental Information
On June 22, 2009, the President signed the Tobacco Control Act (Public Law 111-31) into law. The Tobacco Control Act amended the act (21 U.S.C. 301 et seq.) by, among other things, adding a new chapter granting FDA important new authority to regulate the manufacture, marketing, and distribution of tobacco products to protect the public health generally and to reduce tobacco use by minors.
Section 911 of the act, as amended by the Tobacco Control Act, states: “(a) No person may introduce or deliver for introduction into interstate commerce any modified risk tobacco product unless an order issued pursuant to subsection (g) is effective with respect to such product” and “(d) Any person may file with the Secretary an application for a modified risk tobacco product.* * *.” Section 911(g) of the act provides the criteria under which the agency determines whether to issue an order that an MRTP may be commercially marketed. The Tobacco Control Act provides that, within 2 years and 9 months of the enactment of the Tobacco Control Act, the agency shall issue regulations or guidance regarding MRTP applications, and those regulations or guidance shall “establish a reasonable timetable for the Secretary to review an application under this section.” FDA is issuing this guidance to describe a preliminary timetable the agency intends to follow until such time as the agency issues more comprehensive guidance or regulations on MRTP applications. Pending further guidance or rulemaking, FDA intends to issue a decision on an MRTP application within 360 days of its receipt by FDA.
II. Significance of Guidance
FDA is issuing this draft guidance document consistent with FDA's good guidance practices regulation (21 CFR 10.115). The draft guidance, when finalized, will represent the agency's current thinking on “Preliminary Timetable for the Review of Applications for Modified Risk Tobacco Products under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act.” It does not create or confer any rights for or on any person and does not operate to bind FDA or the public. An alternative approach may be used if such approach satisfies the requirements of the applicable statute and regulations.
Interested persons may submit to the Division of Dockets Management (see ADDRESSES) written or electronic comments regarding this document. Submit a single copy of electronic comments or two paper copies of any mailed comments, except that individuals may submit one paper copy. Comments are to be identified with the docket number found in brackets in the heading of this document. The guidance document and received comments may be seen in the Division of Dockets Management between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m., Monday through Friday.
IV. Electronic Access
An electronic version of the guidance document is available on the Internet at http://www.regulations.gov and http://www.fda.gov/TobaccoProducts/GuidanceComplianceRegulatoryInformation/default.htm.Start Signature
Dated: November 24, 2009.
Assistant Commissioner for Policy.
[FR Doc. E9-28515 Filed 11-24-09; 4:15 pm]
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