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Public Health (21-09-2016)

Independent panel to advise on tobacco flavours: Call for experts extended until 20 October

Are you an expert in sensory analysis, chemical analysis and statistics? If so, the Commission invites you to apply online to join a newly established independent advisory panel that will assist Member States and the Commission in determining whether tobacco products have a characterising flavour, by the newly extended deadline of 20 October 2016, 12:00 CET.

The Commission will appoint the members of the panel on the basis of their expertise in one or several areas, as described in Commission Implementing Decision (EU) 2016/786 and in the official text for this call for applications.

Members will be appointed for a renewable term of five years.


With 94% of smokers in the EU starting by the age of 25, a key aim of the Tobacco Products Directive (TPD) is to make tobacco products and smoking less attractive and thus discourage tobacco initiation among young people. Amongst the measures to achieve this goal is a ban on tobacco products with a characterising flavour (Article 7 of the TPD).  In accordance with this article, an independent advisory panel is being established at Union level, so that EU countries and the Commission can seek advice on whether or not a tobacco product  can be classified as having a characterising flavour.

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