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Tendering exercise to provide Toxicological Services to the Tobacco Programme

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The launch of a procurement exercise to gather information about chemicals and contained in cigarettes and other tobacco products.

The Department announced the launch of a procurement exercise to gather information about chemicals and other materials contained in cigarettes and other tobacco products. The procurement is being run as a PART B OJEU PROCESS.

All cigarettes and other tobacco products are harmful but it is vital that competent authorities know what chemicals and other materials are contained in those products or are emitted when they are used as intended, together with data on the toxicological properties of these chemicals, alone and in combination.

This information can be used to take action against manufacturers, for example, when their products exceed EU legal limits of tar, nicotine or carbon monoxide emissions and to consider what necessary further steps to take when ingredients are being added to make products more attractive to children for example.

Completed forms must be submitted by 24 February 2012 at 12:00pm.

Further information about the tendering exercise is available from the Tenders Electronic Daily website (Ref: 2012-015866)

 Background

EU Directive 2001/37/EC, the Tobacco Products Directive, transposed into UK law by the Tobacco Products Manufacture, Presentation and Sale (Safety) Regulations 2002, places a number of obligations on Member States in relation to testing the contents and emissions of tobacco products, which requires the input of toxicological technical expertise. The UK is also a signatory to the world’s first public health treaty, the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC), under the auspices of the WHO, which also places obligations on the UK to carry out ingredients and emissions-related work.