Azim Chowdhury joined Keller and Heckman in 2010 and practices in the area of food, drug, and tobacco law.
Mr. Chowdhury advises domestic and foreign corporations in matters of FDA and international regulatory compliance. In particular, he assists corporations in establishing clearances for food and drug additives in the U.S., Canada, and the European Union, with an emphasis on indirect additives used in food-contact materials. Mr. Chowdhury has also developed expertise in tobacco and e-vapor product regulation relating to the implementation of the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act, and spearheaded the FDA Tobacco and Electronic Cigarette practice at Keller and Heckman. Specifically, Mr. Chowdhury has experience representing tobacco, e-cigarette and e-liquid manufacturers, suppliers and trade associations in matters of FDA regulatory and corporate compliance.
Mr. Chowdhury is also a frequent contributor to the Food and Drug Law Institute's (FDLI) Update Magazine, has served on the Editorial Advisory Board of the Food and Drug Law Journal, and has authored and edited numerous articles and publications, including Tobacco Regulation and Compliance: An Essential Resource, FDA Regulation of Tobacco: A Comprehensive Guide – An FDLI Primer and Tobacco and Nicotine Delivery: Regulation and Compliance, 2nd Edition. He frequently speaks at industry conferences and events, was featured in U.S. News and World Reports Best Lawyers Edition(2016) and was named one of “10 Names to Know in the Vape World” in the October 2015 issue of Vape Magazine.
Mr. Chowdhury also has an active pro bono practice through Keller and Heckman’s Pro Bono Program and has been featured in the Baltimore Sun for successfully obtaining asylum in the United States for a family who fled their home country of El Salvador because of violence they faced from an international gang.
Articles in the National Law Review database by Azim Chowdhury
- Federal Court Rules That FDA Was Arbitrary and Capricious in Deeming Premium Cigars Subject to the Tobacco Control Act (Posted On Thursday, July 14, 2022)
- FDA Denies Authorization to Market JUUL ENDS Products; Company Intends to Seek Stay of the Marketing Denial Orders (Posted On Friday, June 24, 2022)
- Manufacturing E-Cigarettes in China: How to Obtain the Manufacturer License (Posted On Monday, June 6, 2022)
- China Publishes Final GB Standard on E-Cigarettes: The Basis for Product Compliance (Posted On Tuesday, May 10, 2022)
- FDA Authorizes NJOY ACE Tobacco-Flavored Electronic Nicotine Delivery System (ENDS) Products for Marketing (Posted On Thursday, May 5, 2022)
- Breaking News – China Finalizes Management Rules for E-Cigarettes (Posted On Thursday, March 17, 2022)
- FDA Receives Authorization to Regulate Synthetic Nicotine (Posted On Wednesday, March 16, 2022)
- Two New State Laws Could Disrupt the Vapor Industry (Posted On Tuesday, December 28, 2021)
- China Brings E-Cigarettes Under its Tobacco Monopoly Law: Will This Reshape the Global Industry? (Posted On Monday, December 6, 2021)
- Update on PMTA MDO Legal Challenges, Rescissions and PMTA Authorizations; CTP Leadership Presents at FDLI Conference (Posted On Thursday, November 18, 2021)
- New Paper Authored by 15 Past Presidents of SRNT Argue for Balanced Approach to E-Cigarette Regulation (Posted On Friday, August 20, 2021)
- JUUL Enters Into Consent Judgment with North Carolina (Posted On Monday, July 12, 2021)
- Update on Tobacco-Related Spring 2021 Unified Agenda of Regulatory and Deregulatory Actions (Posted On Wednesday, June 30, 2021)
- Ahead of Final Rule, U.S. Postal Service Publishes Guidance Regarding Non-Mailability of Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems (Posted On Friday, April 23, 2021)
- Congress Amends the PACT Act to Apply to All Vaping Products, Placing Huge Burden on Small Manufacturers as Third-Party Common Carriers Refuse to Ship Products (Posted On Thursday, February 4, 2021)
- FDA Releases Updated Module, “Tobacco Registration and Listing Module Next Generation (TRLM NG)” for Tobacco Product Manufacturing Establishments (Posted On Tuesday, November 24, 2020)
- FDA’s New Enforcement Priority Guidance for E-Cigarettes Focuses on Flavored Cartridge-Based Devices as well as Companies and Products that FDA Views as Targeting Youth (Posted On Wednesday, January 15, 2020)
- FDA Won’t Enforce Pre-Market Review Requirement for E-Liquid Packaging Modified to Incorporate “Flow Restrictors” (Posted On Wednesday, November 27, 2019)
- Michigan Seeks to Ban Flavored E-Cigarettes Through Emergency Rulemaking (Posted On Tuesday, September 10, 2019)
- Vapor Industry Trade Groups Seek to Intervene and Appeal Decision on PMTA Deadline; VTA Files Lawsuit Against FDA (Posted On Monday, August 19, 2019)
The National Law Review Recognizes Keller and Heckman’s Food and Drug Law Practice Group as Go-To Thought Leaders for the firm’s contributions on FDA Regulations and guidelines. Keller and Heckman’s expansive FDA coverage included: proposed rules expanding food traceability and record-keeping requirements, new guidance for animal food additives, a final rule concerning gluten-free food labeling, and approval of a new peanut allergy drug. Addressing the COVID-19 crisis, Keller & Heckman provided news about warnings required by the FDA for Purell and other actions about hand sanitizer and additional Coronavirus prevention and cure claims, the FDA’s and OSHA’s employee health and food safety checklist(s) and COVID-19 best practices for retail and restaurants and COVID-19 Guidance to U.S. food exporters. The firm’s most frequent FDA / Food and Drug Law attorney contributors to the NLR include Azim Chowdhury, Sheila A. Millar, Evangelia Pelonis, Natalie Rainer and LieAnn Van-Tull.
Azim Chowdhury and his coverage of Vaping Regulations and the FDA has been selected for a National Law Review Go-To Thought Leadership Award. Mr. Chowdhury’s consistent coverage of the emerging issues surrounding Vaping and E-cigarettes, especially his more recent work on the FDA’s push on teen and youth smoking, provides NLR readers with an understanding and analysis of an area that seems to be constantly shifting. You can see his work on Keller and Heckman’s blog on Vaping & the Tobacco Industry, Continuum of Risk.