Health Canada and Chubby Gorilla meeting: January 29, 2020

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Subject

Vaping

Date

January 29, 2020

Participants

Health Canada (HC):

Chubby Gorilla:

Introduction

A meeting was held at the request of Chubby Gorilla to present:

The Chair opened the meeting by doing round table introductions.

The Chair reminded participants that this meeting is subject to disclosure as per HC’s Openness and Transparency policies. In the interest of transparency, the department stated that it would be making a record of the meeting publicly available. The handling of information and privacy notice was mentioned and acknowledged.

HC also referred to Article 5.3 of the World Health Organization Framework Convention on Tobacco Control, its international obligation to protect tobacco control policies from the vested interests of the tobacco industry. It was acknowledged by Chubby Gorilla, Inc. representatives.

Subjects

Company Overview

Chubby Gorilla provided a brief overview of their company, which has manufacturers and distributors in China, California and the Netherlands.

Overview of container closure system – qualification-testing program

Chubby Gorilla provided an overview of the testing that their containers undergo, to be compliant in the US market and other jurisdictions.

Child-Resistant Containers

Chubby Gorilla mentioned they have conducted various tests with their child-resistant containers. The containers have undergone viability and feasibility studies to assess the closure system over the lifetime of the container. These studies were completed on containers with and without e-liquid.

Chubby Gorilla, asked for clarification of the Vaping Products Labelling and Packaging Regulations, regarding evaluation, specifically the meaning of “responsible person”. HC directed Chubby Gorilla to consult Part 2, section 43 (1) of the Vaping Products Labelling and Packaging Regulations which provides a definition for “responsible person”.

An overview of nicotine regulations, globally

Chubby Gorilla provided a brief overview of what they have heard globally with respect to nicotine concertation levels.

Chubby Gorilla asked HC how they could stay up to date on upcoming regulations, consultations, etc. HC indicated that they could consult the Canada.ca News webpage for the most up to date governmental news releases. They could also consult the Canada Gazette webpage or the department’s forward regulatory plan.

Protection of product design and intellectual property

Chubby Gorilla expressed concerns about providing master files to Health Canada and was seeking clarification as to whether such information remained confidential our would become public knowledge. HC indicated that any information submitted to HC would be subject to the Access to Information Act.

Round table

Chubby Gorilla sought clarification of the Vaping Products Labelling and Packaging Regulations regarding directions for opening and closing child-resistant containers. HC directed Chubby Gorilla to Part 2, section 55(1) to 56(5) of the Vaping Products Labelling and Packaging Regulations, which outlines the requirements pertaining to directions for opening and closing child-resistant containers.

Conclusion

The meeting was then concluded.

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