According to a report at CQ Roll Call, the House Appropriations Committee’s fiscal 2016 Agriculture spending bill includes a provision that would limit the FDA’s ability to regulate products.
The provision is in Section 747, and would change the date introduced in a 2009 law that said commercial tobacco products introduced after February 15th, 2007 would be subject to pre-market review.
The provision would change that date by defining new tobacco products as those that enter the market after the FDA issues its final ruling of new tobacco-related products.
The language in the bill is modeled on legislation introduced by Rep. Tom Cole, a republican from Oklahoma that is looking to change the 2007 date.
According to Sarah Corley, a spokeswoman for Cole, the lawmaker did not advocate for the provision in the spending bill although it accomplishes his goal to “provide the FDA with the flexibility to adjust these dates and timelines, the FDA has taken the position that it lacks the authority.”
More as it becomes available…