Successfully meet the requirements of the FDA premarket tobacco application (PMTA) with Element’s comprehensive FDA-approved harmful and potentially harmful constituents (HPHC) testing services, customized to meet the specific needs of your nicotine product and delivery system.

All manufacturers of new or newly deemed finished tobacco products on the market as of August 8, 2016, are required by the FDA to provide an analysis of any HPHCs as part of their PMTA submission. Our modular, custom approach to HPHC testing has been purposefully designed to enable quick and efficient set-up and reporting that can be tailored to meet your specific needs. To ensure regulatory goals are met, Element’s consultative team of experts continue to refine and optimize our HPHC reporting and guidance to meet FDA and industry expectations.

In addition to our FDA-accredited laboratories equipped with dedicated and specialized instrumentation, our qualified team of dedicated scientists possess a diverse set of technical expertise and have a proven track record of success testing a variety of nicotine and tobacco products, including e-liquids, electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS), and a wide range of smokeless tobacco products and alternative nicotine delivery systems (ANDS), including pouches, gums, and lozenges.

Regulatory expectations for HPHC testing

In 2012, a list of 93 HPHCs in tobacco products and tobacco smoke was published by the FDA focusing on chemicals that are linked to the five most serious health effects of tobacco use: cancer, respiratory effects, cardiovascular disease, reproductive complications, and addiction. Further guidance identifying a subset of 20 harmful and potentially harmful constituents (HPHCs) that manufacturers and importers must test for and report to the FDA was issued by the Agency the same year. Element is aware of up to 17 key analytes to test for in new tobacco and nicotine products. Ensure compliance to regulations with our simple and cost-effective testing for all relevant HPHCs, supported by our team of engaged regulatory and scientific experts.

The Element advantage

Efficiently prepare an FDA submission that meets current regulatory expectations and guidance for reporting HPHCs with the support and guidance of our regulatory and scientific experts. Our consultative teams will ensure that you receive a full report complete with the data, accreditation information, and a description of the aerosol generating methodology needed to stay in compliance with industry and regulatory standards. Element’s full-service chemical testing laboratory can perform the e-liquid and ENDS testing needed to meet your regulatory goals. 

To learn more about our comprehensive offering of nicotine and PMTA services, including HPHC testing, or to speak with one of our experts,

  • Quality control testing of raw materials and finished products
  • Consistency of dose and nicotine content levels (USP Assay)
  • Nicotine dosing studies (amount of nicotine expressed per puff in ENDS or e-cigarette/e-liquid combination using real-life use conditions, e.g., an average of 10 puffs over the length of the entire cartridge per the manufacturer’s instructions)
  • Stability studies and shelf-life assessments
  • Emissions testing
  • Safety data sheet (SDS) toxicology to verify product safety
  • Determination of new chemical entities created through heating and vaporization (vaporization of the e-liquid at the highest consumer setting followed by analysis of the vapor for toxic analytes including acetaldehyde, acrolein, formaldehyde, pentane-2,3-dione, diethylene glycol, ethylene glycol, and diacetyl)
  • Carcinogenic flavoring analysis (including banned flavors such as diacetyl, propinyl acetyl, and acetoin)
  • Carbonyls and diketones (2,3-pentanedione and butane-2,3-dione)
  • Carbonyls (formaldehyde, acrolein and acetaldehyde)
  • Metals testing, including volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and other impurities testing
  • Testing of vapor for Al, Cr, Fe, Ni, Sn (to ensure metals are not extracted from the delivery device)
  • Particle size in vapor testing
  • Ratio analyses of vegetable glycerin (VG) and propylene glycol (PG) 
  • Product deformulation to quantify the major and minor ingredients
  • Deformulation analysis of flavor packages, agents, or additives to reverse engineer e-liquid formulations
  • Identification of flavoring agents
  • Medicinal product development
  • Product replication and reformulation
  • Formulation and development of new custom formulations

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