FILE PHOTO: A woman holds a Juul e-cigarette while walking on September 27, 2018 in New York, USA. REUTERS / Brendan McDermid
The FDA proposed a shorter deadline last month after the US District Court for Maryland ruled in a dispute filed by anti-tobacco companies that the agency had exceeded its authority to put e-cigarettes on the market by 2022 before companies applied for regulatory approval.
"I will set a ten-month deadline for filing and a one-year period for approval, as the FDA has proposed," wrote US Judge Paul Grimm on Friday in a court order.
Prior to last month, the agency had proposed that e-cigarette manufacturers submit a formal application by August 2021 to continue selling their products.
However, the public health and anti-tobacco group that filed the lawsuit disagreed that e-cigarette and cigar makers submit claims within 120 days.
"Today's decision is an important public health move and confirms the FDA's commitment to accelerate the review of these products, especially those most appealing to adolescents," said acting FDA commissioner Ned Sharpless.
Juul said in a statement that he is closely scrutinizing the court's decision, adding that he feels fully committed to the FDA's claim process.
Reporting by Uday Sampath in Bengaluru and Chris Kirkham in San Francisco; Editors of Anil D & # 39; Silva