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Tobacco Product Application Review; Public Meeting; Request for Comments

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AGENCY:

Food and Drug Administration, HHS.

ACTION:

Notice of public meeting; request for comments.

SUMMARY:

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is announcing a public meeting entitled “Tobacco Product Application Review.” This meeting is intended to improve public understanding and provide FDA feedback on the policies and processes for submitting and reviewing tobacco product marketing applications, including the general scientific principles relevant to various application pathways, to assist those considering submitting marketing applications for tobacco products under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FD&C Act).

DATES:

The 2-day public meeting will be held on October 22, 2018, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and on October 23, 2018, from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Submit either electronic or written comments on this public meeting by December 7, 2018. See the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section for registration date and information.

ADDRESSES:

The public meeting will be held at the Hilton Washington DC/Rockville Hotel & Executive Meeting Center, 1750 Rockville Pike, Rockville, MD 20852, https://www3.hilton.com/​en/​hotels/​maryland/​hilton-washington-dc-rockville-hotel-and-executive-meeting-ctr-IADMRHF/​index.html.

You may submit comments as follows. Please note that late, untimely filed comments may not be considered. The https://www.regulations.gov electronic filing system will accept electronic comments until 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on December 7, 2018. Comments received by mail/hand delivery/courier (for written/paper submissions) will be considered timely if they are postmarked or the delivery service acceptance receipt is on or before December 7, 2018.

Electronic Submissions

Submit electronic comments in the following way:

  • Federal eRulemaking Portal: https://www.regulations.gov. Follow the instructions for submitting comments. Comments submitted electronically, including attachments, to https://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 https://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): Dockets Management Staff (HFA-305), Food and Drug Administration, 5630 Fishers Lane, Rm. 1061, Rockville, MD 20852.
  • For written/paper comments submitted to the Dockets Management Staff, 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-2018-N-3504 for “Tobacco Product Application Review.” Received comments, filed in a timely manner (see ADDRESSES), will be placed in the docket and, except for those submitted as “Confidential Submissions,” publicly viewable at https://www.regulations.gov or at the Dockets Management Staff 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 https://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 Dockets Management Staff, 5630 Fishers Lane, Rm. 1061, Rockville, MD 20852.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Darin Achilles, Center for Tobacco Products, Food and Drug Administration, Document Control Center, 10903 New Hampshire Ave., Bldg. 71, Rm. G335, Silver Spring, MD 20993, 877-287-1373, email: ctpregulations@fda.hhs.gov.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

I. Background

FDA is announcing a public meeting to improve public understanding and provide FDA feedback on the policies and processes for submitting and reviewing tobacco product marketing applications, including the general scientific principles relevant to various application pathways, to assist those considering submitting marketing applications for tobacco products under the FD&C Act. FDA will present information about the tobacco product application review programs, including process improvements and observations that may inform further improvements in submissions and review processes. The meeting will include panels of FDA representatives, regulated industry representatives, and other stakeholders, and FDA will seek feedback from the public. This meeting is not intended to communicate any new policies or interpretations regarding tobacco product marketing applications and their review.

FDA expects that parties interested in attending this meeting include, but are not limited to, tobacco product manufacturers, including small business tobacco manufacturers, importers, distributors, wholesalers, and retailers; scientific and medical experts; Federal, State, and local government Agencies; and other interested stakeholders, such as academic researchers and public health organizations.

In addition to the public meeting, FDA is opening a docket as another mechanism to receive feedback on the tobacco product application review process. Timely comments are appreciated to help inform FDA's efforts to continue to build an efficient product review program. FDA is open to receiving feedback and comments on all aspects of the product review process and is requesting specific comment on the following topics:

  • Achieving greater efficiencies in review while continuing to protect public health

○ Improving application content

○ Streamlining review processes

○ Refining electronic submission systems

  • Reviewing applications for products that are rendered “new” due to changes made to comply with a product standard
  • Facilitating applicant consultation with FDA prior to submitting applications

○ Types of questions that would benefit from FDA feedback

○ Meeting request and package content

○ Process from meeting request through post-meeting minutes

  • Transparent review process

○ Aspects that are highly transparent

○ Aspects that are not highly transparent

○ Approaches to increase transparency

  • Clarity and utility of information provided by FDA to applicants

○ Means of communicating information to applicants

○ Information that is most useful to applicants

○ Timeliness of communication

II. Topics for Discussion at the Public Meeting

Topics to be addressed in the meeting include:

  • An overview of the tobacco product marketing application types, including Substantial Equivalence Reports, Substantial Equivalence Exemption Requests, Premarket Tobacco Product Applications, and Modified Risk Tobacco Product Applications;
  • Information required and that FDA recommends be included in a tobacco product marketing application;
  • Administrative processes involved in the submission and review of a tobacco product marketing application; and
  • Other topics relevant to tobacco product marketing applications, including tobacco product master files, meeting requests, grandfathered tobacco product review, and environmental assessments.

III. Participating in the Public Meeting

Registration: To register for the public meeting, please submit electronic registration requests at https://www.surveymonkey.com/​r/​FDACTPTobacco_​Product_​Application_​Meeting. Requests for registration must include the prospective attendee's name, title, affiliation, and contact information.

Registration is free and based on space availability, with priority given to early registrants. Persons interested in attending this public meeting should register by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on October 5, 2018. Early registration is recommended because seating is limited; therefore, FDA may limit the number of participants from each organization. Registrants will receive confirmation when they have been accepted. If time and space permit, onsite registration on the day of the public meeting will be provided beginning at 8 a.m. If registration reaches maximum capacity, FDA will post a notice closing registration at https://www.fda.gov/​TobaccoProducts/​NewsEvents/​default.htm.

If you need special accommodations because of disability, please email Workshop.CTPOS@fda.hhs.gov or call 1-877-287-1373 (Option 5) at least 7 days before the meeting.

Streaming Webcast of the Public Meeting: There will be a webcast for this public meeting. If you would like to attend the meeting via webcast, please submit electronic requests to register at https://www.surveymonkey.com/​r/​FDACTPTobacco_​Product_​Application_​Meeting. Requests for registration must include the prospective attendee's name, title, affiliation, and contact information.Start Printed Page 48630

Archived Webcast and Transcripts: Please be advised that FDA will post the webcast along with complete transcripts on the internet at https://www.fda.gov/​TobaccoProducts/​NewsEvents/​default.htm as soon as they are available.

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Dated: September 20, 2018.

Leslie Kux,

Associate Commissioner for Policy.

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[FR Doc. 2018-20904 Filed 9-25-18; 8:45 am]

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