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CTP Awards Cooperative Agreement to Develop a Cigarette Tobacco Reference Products Program to University of Kentucky

Principal Investigator:  Orlando Chambers, Ph.D.

FY 2014 Award Total:  $5,153,652 

Abstract: Since 1968 the University of Kentucky has provided reference cigarettes as the standard for non-clinical investigational purposes by tobacco manufacturers, contract and government laboratories, and academic institutions. The University of Kentucky Reference Cigarette Program (UKRCP) is committed to continue providing standards for tobacco product research and to work with the FDA to develop new products as necessary for regulation and analytical testing.

The project will produce and characterize 50 million, high quality reference cigarettes representative of an American blended cigarette that are manufactured in one manufacturing run with certified physical and chemical characteristics to allow for proficiency testing, instrument calibration, employee/student training, method validation and for investigational purposes. A process for the design, analysis and approval of prototype research cigarettes is included to ensure the new reference cigarette meets the specified goals. Quality control and sample testing parameters are defined and substantial chemical analyses will be conducted by the manufacturer and independent testing labs to allow for certification of product physical parameters and constituent levels.

A center of excellence in tobacco product analysis and reference tobacco products will be established to collaborate and coordinate studies with stakeholders, including Tobacco Centers for Regulatory Science, product testing laboratories, tobacco product manufacturers and tobacco researchers. This project will feature significant improvements to the current UKRCP in terms of operational efficiency, planning for new reference cigarette products, establishing research capability and new services that will benefit the tobacco research community including establishing a proficiency testing program. A web-based interface will be developed to allow for secure transmission and storage of data for the proficiency program. As an academic institution, the University of Kentucky’s proposal to coordinate and administer inter-laboratory comparison studies on tobacco reference products and mechanisms to provide various tobacco reference products as a service to the entire tobacco research community is an improvement over current programs. The development of a high-quality reference cigarette and establishment of the center of excellence will strengthen the FDA’s Center for Tobacco Product’s efforts to develop the science of tobacco regulation and provide a much needed basic resource for tobacco product research and regulation.

FDA Contact:  Candice Jongsma, Ph.D., Chemistry Team Leader (candice.jongsma@fda.hhs.gov)

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