Joint Action on Tobacco Control (JATC)

10/2017-10/2020

This third-party funded project is conducted in the framework of the BfR research programme on exposure estimation and the assessment of biological risks.

EU grant number: 761297

Project homepage: http://jaotc.eu/

Project description:

Smoking and other forms of tobacco consumption are considered the single most important cause of preventable morbidity and premature mortality worldwide. Efforts to reduce the devastation of tobacco-related deaths and illness in the EU consist of the Tobacco Products Directive (TPD), and the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC). The TPD lays down rules governing the manufacture, presentation and sale of tobacco and related products. The TPD stipulates that Member States shall require manufacturers and importers of tobacco products to submit to their competent authorities information, via a common entry gate (EU-CEG) - an IT tool designed to ensure uniform application of the reporting and notification obligations, harmonise the submission of data, facilitate comparison and reduce administrative burden.

The general objective of the Joint Action on Tobacco Control will be to provide support for the implementation of the TPD throughout the 28 EU MS through the mining of EU-CEG data, supporting of laboratory collaborations and effort to evaluate priority additives. The specific aims of the project are:

  • To ensure appropriate coordination and evaluation
  • To support the dissemination of information to the public, regulators and researchers.
  • To enhance the ease of access to the data collected through the EU CEG
  • To monitor and provide support to the tasks of tobacco and e-cigarette product regulation
  • Assist EU MS networking and collaborations between laboratories for tobacco evaluation.
  • Support EU MS in the process of monitoring and updating priority additives
  • To integrate the JATC results into national policies

With the above in mind, this proposal comes at a perfect timing to aid the regulatory activities that would be needed across the EU MS with regards to the implementation of the TPD across 28 EU MS spanning a population of 508 Million people.

BfR parts of the project:

The project is coordinated by the Hellenic Cancer Society and includes over 30 participants. Within the project the BfR is involved in five of nine work packages (WP): The tasks of the BfR are focussed on assessment of priority listed tobacco additives, as wells as on evaluation of ingredients of E-liquids.

WP4 Integration into National Policies and Sustainability: To enhance effective and efficient integration into national policies and training opportunities and ensure longer term sustainability of the JATC.

WP6 Tobacco Product Evaluation: To handle aspects pertinent to tobacco product data handling collected by EU MS, in light of the obligations of the TPD.

WP7 E-cigarette Product Evaluation: To support the EU MS activities in ensuring that electronic cigarettes and refill containers are only placed on the market if they comply with the TPD.

WP8 Laboratory Verification, Collaboration and Analyses: To develop collaborations across EU MS independent laboratories and identify suggested methodologies and test analyses for reporting homogenization.

WP9 Additives Subject to Enhanced Reporting Obligations: To aid EU MS in the evaluation of data submitted with regards to enhanced reporting obligations under TPD Art. 6 which shall apply to certain additives contained in cigarettes and roll-your-own tobacco that are included in a priority list outlined in the Commission Implementing Decision 2016/787.

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