Independent Advisory Panel on characterising flavours in tobacco products

The independent advisory panel is tasked with issuing opinions on whether a tobacco product has a characterising flavour. The panel should also further specify and update, as appropriate, the methodology for the technical assessment of products as set out in Commission Implementing Decision (EU) 2016/786. In addition, the Commission may consult the panel on other matters relating to the assessment of characterising flavours. As appropriate, the panel shall request input from a technical group of sensory and chemical assessors that will be established by the Commission via a public procurement procedure.


The following experts are members of the Independent Advisory Panel (IAP) assisting Member States and the Commission in determining whether tobacco products have a characterising flavour:


See the rules of procedures of the IAP


The members of the IAP can be contacted through the Secretariat at the following address:

European Commission
DG Health and Food Safety (SANTE)
Unit B2 – Cross-Border Healthcare and Tobacco Control
B -1049 Brussels

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