FDA Seeks Feedback on Center for Tobacco Products’ New Strategic Plan

Retailers, members of the public can register for Aug. 22 listening session
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The Food and Drug Administration will hold a listening session for the public to voice its opinions on the Center for Tobacco Products’ strategic plan.

Creating a new strategic plan was one of the changes the CTP committed to making following a review of the agency by the Reagan-Udall Foundation, which was released Dec. 19.  

The virtual listening session will start at 10 a.m. Eastern Time on Aug. 22. Those interested can register to listen and provide a comment on the FDA’s website. The CTP will give an overview of the process before opening it up for registered speakers with comments.

The CTP developed five proposed goal areas for the five-year strategic plan:

  • Develop, advance and communicate comprehensive and impactful tobacco regulations and guidance.
  • Ensure timely, clear and consistent product application review to protect public health.
  • Ensure compliance of regulated industry and tobacco products using all available tools, including robust enforcement actions.
  • Improve public health by enhancing knowledge and understanding of CTP tobacco product regulation and the risks associated with tobacco product use.
  • Advance operational excellence.

The CTP said it is looking for forward-looking, constructive and concise comments during the meeting. It’s seeking feedback on questions like, “What key features, activities or initiatives would you like CTP to consider as related to any of these proposed goal areas?” and “Are there any important features, activities or initiatives not encapsulated by these proposed goal areas that you believe CTP should consider as part of its strategic plan?”

The center intends to publish its plan by the end of the year, following consideration of public input. A transcript of the listening session will be available after the meeting. For any questions, email or call 1-877-287-1373.

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