In a move that surprised no one, the FDA has further extended the e-liquid ingredient listing submissions deadline by an additional six months to May 8th, 2018. This happened earlier this month (on November 8th). But, the way it was done initially had people asking: “WTF?!”
This particular submission was talked about for many months prior to everyone believing that it would pass. However, the FDA stepped in with less than 12 hours to go before finally (and thankfully) extending the deadline. Why would they do so with less than a day remaining? A) because it’s the FDA, B) because bureaucrats can’t seem to get anything right and C) because the FDA likely thought that their insane guidelines would force almost all independent vape suppliers to close up shop.
Leaving aside points A and B, we’ll touch lightly on this last point. For anyone who has followed the FDA’s stance on vaping, it is clear that they have no idea what to do. What they likely wanted was to force most companies to stop selling e-liquid products. In their minds, how do you do that? Create an EU-style manuscript, comprised of a barely comprehendible draft and an almost impossible to follow set of laws. Unfortunately for the FDA, that didn’t work out.
The engine behind the vaping community is the e-liquid market. Most of this market is made up of small businesses who deliver high quality e-liquids. When you combine that with people who don’t just want to profit but want to make a real difference in the world by saving lives, what you get are stubborn business owners who will go to great lengths to follow the (ridiculous) rules set forth by the FDA. It’s obvious that the FDA didn’t take this into account; they thought most business owners would simply close their doors because the hurdles were too much to overcome.
And, that’s the most probable reason why the FDA extended one of the most important vaping regulations. Yes, it definitely also has to do with it being the FDA – a slow moving agency, and also because officials can’t vote on anything without any hiccups. But, we’d venture to say that because the overwhelming majority of vape companies actually submitted their e-liquid ingredient listings, the FDA couldn’t handle that type of work simply because they didn’t think anyone would comply.
At this rate, vaping regulations in the USA will likely take effect sometime in the 2030s.