Article |

Pre-market notification

FDA is beginning the process of writing regulations for a pre-market notification program for new food packaging materials, due to be in place by April, 1999.
Print
     

Last year's FDA reform bill replaced the old pre-market approval process with pre-market notification (PMN) under which FDA has 120 days to require a full review of a new packaging material or else it may proceed to market. Meanwhile House and Senate Appropriations subcommittees with jurisdiction over FDA's budget have held hearings on the agency's FY '99 budget and are working out the final figures. The Society for the Plastics Industry has been working with the subcommittees to ensure the $1.5 million authorized in the FDA reform bill to implement the new PMN program is actually appropriated. The agency said it would need that much to do the work. The law also authorized $3 million for FY 2000 and FY 2001 for the PMN program. "So far so good" said Lew Freeman SPI's vice president of government affairs noting Republicans and Democrats in Congress have agreed to move the appropriations bills along and not "play politics." Freeman cautioned however the appropriation must get through the subcommittees the full committees and a floor vote on the entire budget before food packaging is in the clear.

Related Sponsored Content

E-BOOK SPECIAL REPORT
44 Best Package Designs: 2015
Sign up to receive timely updates from our editors and download this e-book of our editors’ selections for most innovative package designs of the past year.
x

Newsletters

Don't miss intelligence crucial to your job and business!
Click on any newsletter to view a sample. Enter your email address below to sign up!
GENERAL INTEREST
PACKAGE DESIGN/DEVELOPMENT
PACKAGING MACHINERY
SPECIAL INTEREST
PACK EXPO
Each newsletter ranges in frequency from once per month to a few times per month at most.