Live Q&A: Analytical Testing of Heated Tobacco Products

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A live Q&A on the role of analytical testing in the next generation of nicotine: heated tobacco products (HTPs).

With the emergence of HTPs in the next generation of nicotine products, there is a need to ensure that these products are safe to go to market. This is primarily to protect the end-user but also to comply with existing and forthcoming regulation. We are currently developing robust analytical methods to enable us to test HTPs to match imminent demand.


Irene Abraham, SRA RRP Toxicology Director, JT International SA

Irene has over 10 years of experience as a regulatory toxicologist covering a broad range of substances, products and requirements. She is responsible for the team conducting toxicological risk and product stewardship assessments of reduced risk products, including heat-not-burn. Irene has a doctorate in Toxicology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, is a diplomate of the American Board of Toxicology and a European Registered Toxicologist.

Jason W. Flora, Ph.D., Senior Principal Scientist, Scientific Strategy & Advocacy, Regulatory Affairs, Altria Client Services (ALCS)

In this role, Jason leads the science integration for Philip Morris USA with a focus on the scientific substantiation and regulatory requirements for potentially reduced-harm tobacco products.

Sally McGuigan, Principal Scientist, Hall Analytical

Sally has over 25 years of experience in gas chromatography supplementing that in the last 10 years with other chromatography/mass spectrometric techniques. She also has more than 10 years experience in the field of ENDS (Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems) and E&L (Extractables and Leachables). She is highly experienced in method development/validation, defining and designing study plans and final data review.

Helena Digard, Head of New Categories Applied Science, BAT R&D Centre

Since joining BAT in 2003, Helena has held a number of roles focusing on product science across multiple nicotine product categories. Ms Digard has authored a number of research articles in peer-reviewed journals and has presented her research at scientific and product conferences internationally. Since June 2019, Ms Digard has held the role of coordinator of the Heated Tobacco Product Task Force in CORESTA and is an active participant in ISO/TC126/ WG22 – Tobacco Heating Systems. 


Paul Holmes, ENDS Strategic Account Manager, Hall Analytical

Paul is the first point of contact for new and existing ENDs & HTPs customers, guiding them through the testing process; whether for regulatory compliance or product development. He is responsible for keeping up to date with all regulatory and industry developments to help provide guidance to our clients.