With a looming November 8 deadline to submit ingredients listings for vaping products just hours away, the FDA granted vendors a 6-month extension yesterday just in the nick of time. Citing “technical issues” with the registration software called eSubmitter, large scale vendors now have until May 8, 2018 to comply. Small-scale vendors have another year or until November 8, 2018. Small-scale vendors are defined as those with less than 150 employees or annual revenues of less than $5 million.
The announcement was short and sweet, posted via this link by the Center for Tobacco Products arm of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The FDA deeming regulations are comprised of numerous, individual deadlines, and the agency has rolled back several of them in the recent months.
In the wake of Hurricanes Maria, Irma and Harvey, the FDA had previously extended the ingredients deadline by 6-months for vape shops affected by these natural disasters. Yesterday’s announcement seemingly levels the playing field for all manufacturers nationwide.
Vendors around the country have been complaining of the sluggish eSubmitter software for months. The ingredients listings requirement applies to each and every e-liquid that a vendor manufacturers, even if an individual brand is offered in multiple PG/VG combinations and nicotine concentrations.
The submitting of so much information into the FDA software has proven time-consuming, cumbersome, and tedious, but e-liquid manufactures must still comply. As seemingly unprepared as the FDA seems to be in managing this registration process, many industry insiders are also wondering how expedient and efficient the approval process will ultimately be, as well.
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