Table 2

Selected recommendations regarding regulation and disclosure of tobacco product characteristics and emissions, 4th Conference of the Parties to the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC), 2010

Laboratory standardsFor purposes of disclosure, testing laboratories should meet standards for ISO 17025 accreditation
Compliance laboratories should be independent of the tobacco industry
FinancingConsider various means to pay for product regulatory systems, including dedicated taxes, licensing fees, product registration fees and non-compliance levies
ConfidentialityApply appropriate legal frameworks to prevent unauthorised use and disclosure of information claimed to be commercially sensitive or confidential
Content reportingRequire manufacturers to disclose actual quantities of ingredients used in manufacture of products by product type and brand style in a standardised format
Require manufacturers to disclose the suppliers, types and characteristics of tobacco leaf by product type and brand style (eg, variety of tobacco, reconstituted sheet and/or expanded tobacco use)
Require manufacturers to notify authorities of changes to products
Require manufacturers to provide a statement of purpose underlying the use of ingredients
Content regulationRegulate or restrict ingredients that may be used increase palatability of tobacco products (eg, cinnamon, mint), create impression of health benefits (eg, vitamins), or are associated with energy or vitality (eg, caffeine)
Compliance and enforcementImpose legal responsibilities on manufacturers for compliance and impose penalties for violations
Consider sampling products from facilities and retailer outlets for compliance testing
Specify appropriate sanctions for non-compliance and ensure authorities have power to seize and destroy non-compliant product and levy penalties