Nicotine pouches are no longer considered to be a medicinal product
October 5, 2021
In its new advice the Joint Commission states that nicotine pouches are no longer considered to be a medicinal product. When used normally, the usual doses (around 10 mg) do not pose a risk of poisoning. However, there are some recommendations for manufacturers. These concern the nicotine yield and the maximum daily dose, the use by children and therapeutic claims.
In the past, the Joint Commission has issued an opinion on the use of nicotine pouches. These are small bags (filled with nicotine, fillers, flavourings and alkaline substances) that are kept in the mouth. Based on the then available knowledge, the Commission held the opinion that it was a medicinal product based on its effects. Meanwhile, the Commission has received additional information allowing for a reconsideration of the opinion.