In a world full of bad news we want to bring you some good news: PMTA has been delayed to September 9 due to the COVID-19 outbreak. The FDA appealed to the federal court on March 30 for a 120-day extension for PMTA, moving the May 12 deadline to September 9. The U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit granted this extension on April 22.
While there are still flavor bans in effect in various states and localities, this is a victory for the vaping industry. This means that tobacco and vaping manufacturers who produce eJuices and hardware will have to submit PMTAs by September 9 to allow for their products to remain on the market during FDA review.
What does this mean for the vaping industry? Will there be changes made before the new September 9 deadline? There are often more questions than answers when it comes to vape. Thankfully, the eJuices.com team is here to keep you updated.
What does that mean for vapers and the vaping industry?
Despite this reprieve, this is no time for vapers and the vaping industry to let up on taking action for the industry and preserving the access to flavors and alternative nicotine products. This is also an election year, so let your elected officials know you vape and you vote.
The American Vaping Association (AVA) states that although they did not get their desired results, this opens up an opportunity for dialogue with the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). “While we would have preferred there be no new flavor restrictions, in the end, we not only managed to protect open systems, but opened a vital dialogue with Health & Human Services officials about streamlining the FDA’s pre-market review process,” AVA president Gregory Conley said. Conley implied that there may be more changes for PMTA yet, although these are unknown at the time of this writing.
Chris Howard, the vice president, general counsel, and chief compliance officer for E-Alternative Solutions in Jacksonville, Florida, said that the PMTA delay was promising. In addition, he said, “C-store retailers would have more time to assess which manufacturers are planning to submit PMTAs for their products. They should be seeking for manufacturers to provide evidence of submission prior to Sept. 9.”
However, there may be more flavor ban proposals at the state level. “At the state level, we are likely to see flavor ban bills introduced in at least 25 states with Democrats attempting to paint the Trump Administration’s final policy as a gift to the e-cigarette industry,” Conley added.
What do you think of the PMTA delay? What will you be doing to ensure your access to flavors stays intact? Let us know in the comments below!
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