CRE Press Release: For Publication Tuesday, September 7

FDA Tobacco Advisory Committee is in Violation of  the Federal Advisory Committee Act.

The Center for Regulatory Effectiveness , a regulatory watchdog managed by former White House Office of Management and Budget regulatory officials , has issued a scathing report on FDA non-compliance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA).

 Central to CRE’s arguments is the fact that FDA is dominating the advisory committee by controlling the production of key studies. CRE has called these illegal actions to the attention of FDA a number of times but FDA continues to act outside the law because they conclude that since the product in question is tobacco that the normal rules of fair play do not apply.

 On September 27 FDA is to announce a Menthol Subcommittee which will review scientific studies dealing with menthol. CRE has expressed the concern that FDA will continue to work outside the law regarding the operation of this subcommittee. More specifically, FDA will write the report and submit it to the Menthol subcommittee for an up or down vote as it did for the Constituents subcommittee—clearly using a group of outside scientists as a ruse for its preconceived views on the science.

HHS has an office dedicated to the enforcement of FACA, why has it not acted?   Feel free to contact the Advisory Committee Oversight and Management Staff (ACOMS), FDA at  301-796-8220 or the Center for Tobacco Products  240-276-1717

CRE  understands that elements of the tobacco industry were  supportive  of  FDA  regulation of  its   products;  as the  old saying goes: “you had better be sure what you wish for–you may get it”.

TPSAC  is going to review every major regulation dealing with the tobacco industry for years to come. It is essential that it begin its operations on a sound  footing, meaning  compliance with FACA and the Data Quality Act–the former a statutory mandate for fairness in its governance  and the  latter  a statutory  mandate  to utilize  sound science.

 See related articles including FDA Week

See an entire Interactive Public Docket dedicated to the FDA Tobacco Advisory Committee.

 Express your views  here or at  the end of this post.

 For additional information, call the Center for Regulatory Effectiveness at 202.265.2383 or email at

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