Standardisation for chemical analysis of tobacco products
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European Commission, Joint Research Centre, Geel, Belgium
Publication date: 2022-07-05
Tob. Prev. Cessation 2022;8(Supplement):A22
International organizations such as ISO, CEN, or WHO TobLabNet, national standardization organizations, as well as industry associations, each produce standards for operating procedures for the chemical analysis of tobacco products. The interactions between different entities are complex and not always easily traceable. The Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) favors the application of methods developed by WHO TobLabNet for the implementation of Article 9 and 10 of the FCTC. Additionally analytical measurements shall be performed in the frame of official tobacco control in accredited laboratories by application of well-characterized analytical procedures. Hence, the goal has to be that official tobacco control obtains quick access to reliable analytical methods for controlling tobacco products placed on its market. However, the timely development of suitable analytical methods for the official control of novel tobacco products is challenging with regard to the fast growing and dynamic market. The presentation will give a concise overview on the organization of standardization and will inform about available standard operating procedures for the chemical analysis of tobacco products, with a focus on novel tobacco products. The process of standardization will be discussed as well as possibilities for a potential improvement with regard to distribution of workload and use of resources. Examples will be provided both from the area of tobacco products as well as from adjacent consumer protection areas.