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Clarification of When Products Made or Derived From Tobacco Are Regulated as Drugs, Devices, or Combination Products; Amendments to Regulations Regarding “Intended Uses”; Reopening of the Comment Period

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AGENCY:

Food and Drug Administration, HHS.

ACTION:

Notice of proposed rulemaking; reopening of the comment period.

SUMMARY:

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is reopening the comment period for the notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) that appeared in the Federal Register of September 25, 2015. In the NPRM, FDA requested comments on the proposed regulation that describes the circumstances in which a product made or derived from tobacco that is intended for human consumption will be subject to regulation as a drug, device, or a combination product under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (the FD&C Act). The Agency is taking this action in response to a request for an extension to allow interested persons additional time to submit comments.

DATES:

The comment period for the proposed rule published on September 25, 2015 (80 FR 57756) is extended. Submit either electronic or written comments by December 30, 2015.

ADDRESSES:

You may submit comments as follows:

Electronic Submissions

Submit electronic comments in the following way:

  • Federal eRulemaking Portal: http://www.regulations.gov. Follow the instructions for submitting comments. Comments submitted electronically, including attachments, to http://www.regulations.gov will be posted to the docket unchanged. Because your comment will be made public, you are solely responsible for ensuring that your comment does not include any confidential information that you or a third party may not wish to be posted, such as medical information, your or anyone else's Social Security number, or confidential business information, such as a manufacturing process. Please note that if you include your name, contact information, or other information that identifies you in the body of your comments, that information will be posted on http://www.regulations.gov.
  • If you want to submit a comment with confidential information that you do not wish to be made available to the public, submit the comment as a written/paper submission and in the manner detailed (see “Written/Paper Submissions” and “Instructions”).

Written/Paper Submissions

Submit written/paper submissions as follows:

  • Mail/Hand delivery/Courier (for written/paper submissions): Division of Dockets Management (HFA-305), Food and Drug Administration, 5630 Fishers Lane, Rm. 1061, Rockville, MD 20852.
  • For written/paper comments submitted to the Division of Dockets Management, FDA will post your comment, as well as any attachments, except for information submitted, marked and identified, as confidential, if submitted as detailed in “Instructions.”

Instructions: All submissions received must include the Docket No. FDA-2015-N-2002 for this rulemaking. Received comments will be placed in the docket and, except for those submitted as “Confidential Submissions,” publicly viewable at http://www.regulations.gov or at the Division of Dockets Management between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m., Monday through Friday.

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Docket: For access to the docket to read background documents or the electronic and written/paper comments received, go to http://www.regulations.gov and insert the docket number, found in brackets in the heading of this document, into the “Search” box and follow the prompts and/or go to the Division of Dockets Management, 5630 Fishers Lane, Rm. 1061, Rockville, MD 20852.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Bryant Godfrey or Darin Achilles, Office of Regulations, Center for Tobacco Products, Food and Drug Administration, 10903 New Hampshire Ave, Silver Spring, MD 20993-0002, 877-287-1373, CTPRegulations@fda.hhs.gov.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

In the Federal Register of September 25, 2015 (80 FR 57756), FDA proposed a regulation that describes the circumstances in which a product made or derived from tobacco that is intended for human consumption will be subject to regulation as a drug, device, or a combination product under the FD&C Act. Interested persons were originally given until November 24, 2015, to comment on the NPRM.

The Agency has received a request for a 45-day extension of the comment period for the NPRM. The request conveyed concern that the current 60-day comment period does not allow sufficient time to develop a meaningful or thoughtful response to the NPRM.

FDA has considered the request and is reopening the comment period for the NPRM for 30 days, until December 30, 2015. The Agency believes that reopening the comment period for an additional 30 days allows adequate time for interested persons to submit comments without significantly delaying rulemaking on these important issues.

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Dated: November 23, 2015.

Leslie Kux,

Associate Commissioner for Policy.

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[FR Doc. 2015-30271 Filed 11-27-15; 8:45 am]

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