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September 11, 2015


IN THIS ISSUE

Greetings! We hope you had a fruitful and productive week! This week's top stories include an announcement about the call for applicants for the Fall 2015 Chemist Certification Program, information about using social media to advertise alcohol beverages, and a list of the past week's top Scientific Services Division pages at TTB.gov/.

CALL FOR APPLICATIONS FOR THE FALL 2015 ROUND OF CHEMIST CERTIFICATION FOR EXPORT ANALYSIS PROGRAM

TTB is accepting applications for the Fall 2015 round of the Chemist Certification Program. Applicants must submit to TTB a written request for participation by October 1, 2015.

TTB administers the Chemist Certification Program to support the export of beverage alcohol to foreign markets. Many countries accept a report of analysis from a TTB-certified chemist accompanying the export shipment as a condition of entry.

For more information on this program including eligibility requirements, please refer to

TTB GUIDANCE ON USING SOCIAL MEDIA TO ADVERTISE ALCOHOL BEVERAGES

Industry Circular 2013-01 provides guidance to industry members who are using social media to advertise alcohol beverages.  The guidance helps industry members ensure that their advertisements appearing in social media outlets comply with the Federal Alcohol Administration Act (FAA Act) and TTB advertising regulations.  These outlets include, but are not limited to, social network services such as Facebook or Twitter, video sharing sites such as YouTube, weblogs or “blogs,” forums or comment sections directly on websites, and applications (apps) for mobile devices.  The circular also addresses how the FAA Act and regulations apply to links and quick response (QR) codes.

In the circular, we state our position that the advertising provisions of the FAA Act and the regulations under 27 CFR parts 4, 5, and 7 apply to all advertisements (as defined in the regulations) in any media, including social media, both in terms of required mandatory statements and prohibited practices or statements.

If you have any questions concerning IC 2013-01, please contact our Market Compliance Office by phone at 202-453-2250 (option 5) or by email at Market.Compliance@ttb.gov/.

 

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