The Framework Convention Alliance for Tobacco Control

FCA Policy Briefing for COP6: Report of the Working Group on Articles 9 and 10 of the WHO FCTC

Key recommendations:

The Working Group on Articles 9 and 10 has provided the Conference of the Parties with a progress report. There are no proposed guidelines for consideration at COP6. Accordingly, the only decision for COP concerning Articles 9 and 10 is potential future work of the Working Group.

If the Conference of the Parties decides to extend the mandate of the Working Group on Articles 9 and 10, FCA recommends that the COP:

1a. Request the Convention Secretariat to invite WHO to prepare a report on design characteristics of cigarettes, including ventilation, slim and superslim cigarettes and specialised filters of cigarettes, to inform the work of the Working Group on product attractiveness and false, misleading or deceptive conduct and/or representations and product design characteristics.
1b. Mandate the Working Group to consider developing guidelines or a progress report on product design characteristics regarding ventilation, slim and superslim cigarettes and specialised filters, as well as related characteristics.
2. Decide not to develop guidelines for the testing and measuring of cigarette emissions at this time. In particular, the flawed ISO test method (or equivalent) for cigarette emissions should not be included in the Article 9 and 10 guidelines. Similarly, the modified ISO “intense” test method for cigarette emissions should not be included in the Article 9 and 10 guidelines.
3. Consider requesting the Convention Secretariat to invite WHO to monitor ongoing research and prepare a report on nicotine content in order to inform future Working Group discussions on this issue.
4. Continue to monitor and research dependence liability and toxicology. However, the drafting of guidelines in these areas would be premature at this time.
5. Request the Convention Secretariat to invite WHO to prepare a report on the definition of the term “constituents” in the context of the partial guidelines on Article 9 and 10, in order to inform future Working Group discussions on this issue.

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