The U.S. Food & Drug Administration is giving newly-regulated cigarmakers an additional six months to submit ingredient listings due to a technical error, the government agency announced yesterday.
The ingredients listing policy requires that all tobacco manufacturers disclose the specific ingredients in each of their products. According to the announcement, the extension was granted “due to technical issues users encountered with eSubmitter,” the software the agency uses for online ingredient submissions.
The new deadline for what the FDA deems to be “small-scale manufacturers” (cigarmakers with 150 or less full-time employees and an annual revenue of $5 million or less) is November 8, 2018. The “large-scale manufacturers,” or those who exceed these limitations, are now required to submit ingredient listings by May 8, 2018.
This is not the first time the FDA has extended the deadline for ingredient listings. A previous six-month extension was announced in January, and just last month, another extension was granted to cigar manufacturers and importers located in areas impacted by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma or the recent wildfires in California.