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Using eSubmitter to Prepare Tobacco Product Submissions

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Update to Latest eSubmitter Version for Tobacco Product Submissions

FDA updates eSubmitter submission templates monthly, usually in the first or second week of the month. Using updated templates for your submission helps ensure the latest fields are used and the structure of each submission can be received and processed by the FDA.

  • For new submissions, eSubmitter will automatically provide the newest template.
  • To update a previous submission, use the “Save As” option, and eSubmitter will load the newer template.

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Since November 2017, when CTP extended the ingredient listing deadline, FDA has updated eSubmitter to address feedback from industry, including allowing:

  • alpha numeric tobacco product (TP) numbers
  • attachment of.xlsx format Excel files

Prepare Tobacco Product Submissions to Submit Online:

Download the eSubmitter software to package regulatory documents into an electronic submission package to send to the Center for Tobacco Products (CTP), including:

  • Listing of Ingredients in Tobacco Products (Sections 904(a)(1) and 904(c) of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FD&CA))
  • Tobacco Health Documents (Sections 904(a)(4) of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FD&CA))
  • Reporting Harmful and Potentially Harmful Constituents (Sections 904(a)(3) and 904(c) of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FD&CA))
  • Product Applications (Premarket Tobacco Applications (PMTA), Substantial Equivalence (SE), Exemption from Substantial Equivalence, Tobacco Product Master Files (TPMF), Modified Risk Tobacco Products (MRTP))

Format Electronic Submissions via eSubmitter

  1. Follow the character limits for the file path and file name. The character limits are:
    • File path: 180 characters maximum, including folder and subfolder names, such as: C:\FredsFiles\SubmissionFolder987\AmendmentFolder5\ToxSection\ToxData\toxdatefile678.xpt|
      *Avoid subfolders when possible. Fewer folders within your submission will help keep all related files together and in one place.
    • File name: 50 characters maximum, such as toxdatefile123.xpt.
      *Assign unique file names to ALL files throughout the submission so no filenames are repeated twice.
  2. Avoid special characters, including spaces, or foreign language characters in file paths or file names.
    • Examples of non-accepted filename characters:
      • Spaces. Use an underscore “_” or hyphen “-” instead of spaces in file names.
      •  /, \, @, %, <, >, “, ?, |, :, ;
      • Non-English characters, such as ä,é,î,ð,ñ,ü,æ
  3. Save files as standard file types. FDA accepts many different file types or file formats, including many common file types for ingredient listing, such as *.xpt, xls, xlsx, , csv, txt, , html, xml, , rtf, and others.
    • Data sets: FDA recommends SAS Transport file format (*.xpt) or Comma Separated Values file format (*.csv) for data sets when possible even if such data are displayed as tables in the narrative PDF documents.
    • Text: FDA recommends PDF format.
    • Proprietary software: If a proprietary software is used and FDA does not have the software, the files can’t be opened.  
  4. Break up submissions of more than 2GB in size and cross-reference. Additionally, for files larger than 2GB:
  5. Create a Cover Letter (optional) to attach to your main application document that outlines the organizational structure and includes the number of eSubmitter packages and files you  will transmit. 
    • Send it to your CTP point of contact (regulatory health project manager) in advance of your submission so FDA knows how many files or eSubmitter packages to expect.
    • *Consider using “open file” hyperlinks in table-of-contents-style list within the cover letter referencing additional documents within the submission. Where possible, bookmark across files and folders to referenced points wherever possible.  
  6. Read additional materials to assist with electronic submissions. FDA’s Center for Tobacco Products has created several reference documents to assist users with the electronic submissions process:

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