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Center for Tobacco Products - Instructions for Registration and Submission

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On June 22nd, 2009, President Barack Obama signed the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act (FSPTCA). This historic legislation grants authority to regulate tobacco products to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Section 905 of this act sets forth statutory requirements to submit tobacco product registration and listing information to FDA.

The FDA’s Electronic Submissions Gateway (ESG) can be used to electronically transmit documents to CTP if they have been packaged using the eSubmitter tool. If a document not packaged by eSubmitter is sent via the ESG, the system should notify you that the submission is invalid; it will not be received by CTP.

CTP (Center for Tobacco Products) Resources
For information about the creation of Electronic Submissions refer to:

For Guidance, Compliance & Regulatory Information, refer to:

Obtaining an Electronic Submissions Gateway (ESG) account
The following checklist will provide guidance for setting up an account with the FDA Electronic Submissions Gateway (ESG) for the purpose of submitting labeling, advertising and marketing data to CTP (Center for Tobacco Products).


Request a WebTrader account
1. Send an email to esgprep@fda.hhs.gov requesting a WebTrader test account.  Provide the following information:  Company name, your name, phone number and submission method (WebTrader). Click here for more information on the Email Policy.
Preparatory activities
2. Send a Letter of Non-Repudiation to FDA.  Click here for more information on Non-Repudiation Letters..
Click here for additional steps pertaining to CROs, US Agents and Consultants.
3. Obtain a personal digital certificate.  Click here for more information on certificates.
4. Read the User Guide and tutorials on the FDA ESG website.  Review System Requirements. Note: only Internet Explorer 6, 7, 8, and 9 are compatible with ESG.
Register Your Test Account
(for assistance contact ESGHelpDesk@fda.hhs.gov)
Wait for email with information on how to register online for a WebTrader test account.  (reply to email from Step 1)
5. Register for a WebTrader test account.  Follow the steps outlined in the email and refer to "Registering for a web based test account" tutorial for detailed registration steps.  You will need the public key for your personal digital certificate (refer to step 3) to complete this step.  Note: The Primary Contact must be a real person; the "Company Name" is actually an account name and must be unique throughout the entire ESG test system.  We recommend appending the user's initials to your company name.
Wait for the WebTrader test account activation email. Account activation may take up to 48 hours.
Setup your machine/PC for ESG
6. Activation email received.  Follow the instructions outline in the email to:
a. Install JRE and JCE. JRE and JCE Installation Instructions.
b. Configure your firewall (activation email will contain the details)
Send Test Submissions
Log in to your ESG WebTrader test account (same URL to Register for a test account) with the user ID and password you created when you registered for your test account (step 5 above).
7. Send a test submission to ‘Center for Tobacco Products’ center with submission type ‘Electronic Submission’.
Set Up a Production Account
8. Once you have sent all test submissions and the guidance compliant submission meets FDA requirements your account will be migrated to production. You will receive an email from ESG Helpdesk with production account confirmation and production URL
Log in to your ESG WebTrader production account with the same user ID and password you created when you registered for your test account (step 5 above).
You are now ready to send electronic submissions to FDA using the ESG system.

Helpful Contact Information

For questions relating to the content of CTP submissions, contact esubmitter@fda.hhs.gov.

For policy questions and to request a WebTrader account, contact esgprep@fda.hhs.gov.

For technical assistance with the registration or testing process, contact ESGHelpDesk@fda.hhs.gov.

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