The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has announced an extension of upcoming compliance deadlines, as defined by the deeming rules. On May 1, 2017, the United States Department of Justice advised the United States District Court for the the District of Columbia that the FDA will not only extend but also defer enforcement of all future compliance deadlines under the deeming rule for three months.
With this new development, manufacturers now have until September 30, 2017, to submit product listings. The United States Department of Justice informed the court that with the new leadership at the United States Department of Health and Human Services, additional time was needed review issues raised in the deeming rules. The three month extension applies to all future scheduled deadlines, whether they fall in 2017, 2018, or later.
“This is certainly good news for our retail and manufacturing community, given the nature of the rules the industry is facing, and the uncertainty they create,” said Mark Pursell, CEO of the International Premium Cigar & Pipe Retailer (IPCPR). “This gives everyone, the industry and the administration alike, time to revisit the regulation, to determine the best path forward.”