Below is a list of acronyms commonly used by CORESTA. For ease of reference, a PDF document is also available for download.
List last updated 19 March 2021.

CORESTA specific terms are shown with a blue background.  For ISO references, please consult the ISO Glossary of Terms.

Acronym Full name
a.s. / a.i. active substance / active ingredient
AA SG Agrochemical Analysis
AAs Aromatic Amines
ACAC Agrochemical Advisory Committee
ACM Aerosol Collected Mass
ACPI Advanced Configuration and Power Interface
AD Anno Domini
ADI Acceptable Daily Intake
AERD Annual Effective Radiation Dose
AERET Association Européenne pour la Recherche et l’Expérimentation Tabacole
European Association for Research and Experimentation on Tobacco
AHG Ad Hoc Group
AIR Active Ingredients Registration
AITC Allyl isothiocyanate
AKR Aldo-Keto Reductase
ALARA As Low As Reasonably Achievable
ALP Agriculture Labour Practices
AMV Alfalfa Mosaic Virus
ANPRM Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking
ANSI American National Standards Institute
AP Agronomy & Leaf Integrity and Phytopathology & Genetics Study Groups
AP Air Permeability
APS American Phytopathological Society
APCI-MS Atmospheric Pressure Chemical Ionization Mass Spectroscopy
APIC TF Agro-Phyto Information Collection
APRE Average Prediction Relative Errors 
APTI Associazione Professionale di Trasformatori di Tabacchi Italiani (Italy)
ASE Accelerated Solvent Extraction
ASTM American Society for Testing and Materials
B[a]P Benzo[a]pyrene
BALF Bronchoalveolar Lavage Fluids
BBD Box-Behnken Design
BC Before Christ
BCH Biosafety Clearing House
Bf Breathing frequency
BfR Bundesinstitut für Risikobewertung
Federal Institute of Risk Assessment (Germany)
BHT Butylated Hydroxytoluene 
BIO SG Efficacy of Biological and Eco-Friendly CPAs
BKS SG Collaborative Study Black Shank
BM Blue Mould
BM SG Collaborative Study on Blue Mould
BMF Biomass Moulding Fuel
BMK SG Biomarkers
BoE Biomarkers of Exposure
BoPH Biomarkers of Potential Harm
BPCA Biological Pest Control Agents
BPIA Biopesticide Industry Alliance
BSA Butene sulfonic acid
BSc Bachelor of Science
BSI British Standards Institute
BSR Business for Social Responsibility
BU Burley
C&EN Chemical & Engineering News
C&T Cotton & Tobacco (USDA, United States)
c.p. commercial product
CA Cellulose Acetate
CA Controlled Atmosphere
CAA Carboxylic Acid Amide 
CABI Centre for Agriculture and Biosciences International (UK)
CARD CORESTA ACAC Residue Database
CAS Chemical Abstracts Service (chemical identifiers)
CASS CORESTA Abstract Submission System
CDC Center for Disease Control (USA)
CDER Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (FDA, USA)
CEG Commodity Expert Group
CET Central Eastern Time
CEMA 2-Cyanoethylmercapturic Acid
CEN Comité Européen de Normalisation
European Committee for Standardisation
CF Characterising Flavour
CF Conversion Factor
CFA Continuous Flow Analysis
CFD Computational Fluid Dynamics
CFP Cambridge Filter Pad
CM (n) CORESTA Monitor Test Piece (+ version ref.)
CMR Carcinogenic, Mutagenic or Reprotoxic
CMV Cucumber Mosaic Virus
CNCl Cyanogen Chloride
CNI Chloronicotinyl Insecticide
CO Carbon Monoxide
COHb Carboxyhemoglobin
COP Conference of Parties (FCTC)
COPD Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease
CORESTA Cooperation Centre for Scientific Research Relative to Tobacco
CoSec CORESTA Sub-Group/Task Force Coordinators and Secretaries
CP Cigarette Paper
CPA Crop Protection Agent (also PPP)
CRISPR Clustered Regularly Interspaced Short Palindromic Repeat
CRM CORESTA Recommended Method
CROM TF Consumer Reported Outcome Measures
CRP CORESTA Reference Product
CS Cigarette Smoke
CS Collaborative Study
CSC Cigarette Smoke Condensates
CSF Cancer Slope Factors (tox)
CSM SG Cigar Smoking Methods
CSR Corporate Social Responsibility
CSR-LVI Concurrent Solvent Recondensation Large Sample Volume Injection 
CSSL Chromosome Segment Substitution Lines
CSTS CORESTA Smokeless Tobacco Sub-Group (now refered to as STS)
CTA Continental Tobacco Alliance SA
CTC Carbon Tetrachloride
CTECH TF Curing Technology
CTG CORESTA Technical Guide
CTP Center for Tobacco Products (FDA Office of Science)
CTR CORESTA Technical Report
CV Coefficient of Variation
CV Curriculum Vitae
CVAR TF Cigarette Manufacturing Variability
CVD Cardiovascular Disease
DA Delegated Authority (EU)
DAC Dark Air-Cured
DAD Diode Array Detector
DCIC Dichloroisocoumarin
DDT Dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane
DEXT TF Diagnosis Expert System Translation
DFC Dark Fire-Cured
DG SANCO Directorate General for Health and Consumer Affairs (EU)
DGE Digital Gene Expression
DHT Dry Heat Treatment
DI water Deionized water
DIET Dry-Ice Expanded Tobacco
DIN Deutsches Institut für Normung
German Institute for Standardization
DIS Draft International Standard (ISO)
2DLC-MS/MS Two Dimensional Liquid Chromatography–Tandem Mass Spectrometry
DMSO Dimethylsulfoxide
DNA Deoxyribonucleic Acid
DNPH 2,4-Dinitrophenylhydrazine
DSM Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders
EBD Exhaled Breath Condensate
EC European Commission
ECD Electron Capture Detector
ECIG TF E-Cigarettes (now SG EVAP)
EDB Ethylene Dibromide / 1,2-Dibromoethane
EHTS Electrically Heated Tobacco System
ELPI Electrical Low Pressure Impactor
EMTOC Electronic Model Tobacco Control
ENDD/S Electronic Nicotine Delivery Device/System
ENGL European Network of Government Laboratories
EPA Environmental Protection Agency (US)
EPiP Environmental Protection in Production (CORESTA)
EPN Ethyl-p-nitrophenylphenylphosphorothioate
EPS Extruded Polystyrene Foam
ERANET European Research Area NETwork
ERF Ethylene Response Factor
ERT European Registered Toxicologist
ESG Environment, Social and Governance
ESI Electrospray Ionization
EST Expressed Sequence Tag
ESTOC European Smokeless Tobacco Council
ET Evapotranspiration
ETc Evapotranspiration and Crop Coefficient
ETS Environmental Tobacco Smoke
EU European Union
EUMUCF EU Minor Uses Coordination Facility
EUMUDA EUropean Minor Uses Database
EUREST European Regulatory Science on Tobacco
EUTPD European Union Tobacco Product Directive
EVAP SG E-Vapour
EVP E-Vapour Product
FAO Food & Agricultural Organization
FAOSTAT Food and Agriculture Organisation Statistics
FAPAS Food Analysis Performance Assessment Scheme
FASE Free Air Self Extinguishing
FBN “Free-Base” Nicotine
FCA Framework Convention Alliance
FCSA Fine-Cut Smoking Article
FCTC Framework Convention on Tobacco Control
FCV Flue-Cured Virginia
FDA Food & Drug Administration (USA)
FDIS Final Draft International Standard (ISO)
FERA Food and Environment Research Agency
FID Flame Ionisation Detector
FIFO First-In First-Out
FLB Fluorescence Derivatisation
FLB Full Length Burn (LIP monitor testing)
FMC Factory Manufactured Cigarettes
FMPS Fast Mobility Particle Sizer
FSC Fire Standard Compliant
FSPTCA Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act (USA)
FT-NIR Fourier Transform Near Infrared (spectrometry)
FTIR Fourier Transform Infrared (spectrometry)
FY Financial Year
GA Gibberellic Acid
GAIN Global Agricultural Information Network
GAP Good Agricultural Practice
GC Gas Chromatography
GC-MS Gas Chromatography - Mass Spectrometry
G-EQUAS German External Quality Assurance Scheme
GEF Global Environment Facility
GFAAS Graphite Furnace Atomic Absorption Spectrometry
GFP Green Fluorescent Protein
GHG Greenhouse Gas
GHS Globally Harmonized System on Classification and Labelling of Chemicals
GLP Good Laboratory Practice
GM Geometric Mean
GMO Genetically Modified Organism
GMO SG Proficiency Testing for Detection of Transgenic Tobacco
GMP Good Manufacturing Practice
GRAS Generally Recognised as Safe
GRI Global Reporting Initiative
GRL Guidance Residue Level
GSD Genetically Modified Organism
GSH Glutathione
GUS β-glucuronidase
HAAs Heterocyclic Aromatic Amines
HCFP Hot Cone Fall-out Propensity
HCI Health Canadian Intense
HCN Hydrogen Cyanide
HEMA 2-Aydroxyethylmercapturic Acid
HHP Highly Hazardous Pesticides
HI Hazard Index
HILIC Hydrophilic Interaction Liquid Chromatography
HnB Heat-not-Burn
HPB 4-Hydroxy-1-(3-pyridyl)-1-butanone)
HPHC Harmful and Potentially Harmful Constituents
HPLC High-Performance Liquid Chromatography
HPMA Hydroxypropyl Mercapturic Acid (toxicology)
HQ Headquarters
HRMS High Resolution Mass Spectrometry 
HRW Human Rights Watch
HS-SPME Headspace Solid Phase Microextraction
HTP Heated Tobacco Product
HTP TF Heated Tobacco Product
IA Implementing Authority (EU)
IC Ion Chromatography
ICC Infestation Control Conference
ICH International Conference on Harmonisation
ICP-MS Inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry
ICS International Certification Services
ILCR Incremental Lifetime Cancer Risk
INRA Institut National pour la Recherche Agronomique
French National Institute for Agricultural Research
IOBC International Organisation for Biological and Integrated Control
IP Ignition Propensity
IPCC Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change
IPCS International Programme on Chemical Safety
IPM Integrated Pest Management
IPM SG Integrated Pest Management
IPPC International Plant Protection Convention
IRIS Integrated Risk Information System (US EPA)
IRMS Isotope Ratio Mass Spectrometry
ISAAA International Service for the Acquisition of Agri biotech Applications
ISFET Ion-Sensitive Field-Effect Transistor
ISO International Organization for Standardization
ISPM International Sanitary and Phytosanitary Measures
ISSR Inter Simple Sequence Repeat
IT Information Technology
IUPAC International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry
IVT SG In-vitro Toxicity Testing
JETS Joint Experiment Technical Study
JMPM Joint Meeting on Pesticide Management
JRC Joint Research Centre (EU)
KCN Potassium Cyanide
KF Karl Fischer
KSCN Potassium Thiocyanate
LA Low Alkaloid
LC Liquid Chromatography
LC Low Converter
LC-GC Liquid Chromatography - Gas Chromatography
LC-MS Liquid Chromatography - Mass Spectrometry
LC-MS/MS Liquid Chromatography - Tandem Mass Spectrometry
LEAF Linking Environment and Farming
LIB Laboratory Information Bulletin
LIP Lower Ignition Propensity
LNTP TF Collaborative Study of Low Nicotine Tobacco Agronomic Production Practices
LoQ / LoD Limit of Quantitation / Limit of Detection
LRMS Low Resolution Mass Spectrometry 
MA Mercapturic Acid
MAHs Monocyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons
MAL Maximum Allowable Limit
MBA Master of Business Administration
MedDRA Medical Dictionary for Regulatory Activities
MH Maleic Hydrazide
MHBMA Monohydroxybutenyl-Mercapturic Acid
MITC Methyl isothiocyanate
MLA Mouse Lymphoma Assay
MLE Maximum Likelihood Estimation
MLE Mouth Level Exposure (smoke science)
MN Micronucleus Assay
MODIS Moderate Resolution Spectro-radiometer
MRL Maximum Residue Level
MRM Multi-Residue Method
MRTP Modified Risk Tobacco Product
MS Mass Spectrometry
MSc Master of Science
MSC Moist Snuff Consumers
MSR Multispectral Radiometer
MTBE Methyl tert-butyl ether
MU Minor Uses
MUCF Minor Uses Coordination Facility
MYO Make Your Own (tubes)
NA Normal Alkaloid
NAB N'-nitrosoanabasine
NAFTA North American Free Trade Agreement
NAM New Approach Methodologies
NAP Natural Alternative Product
NAT N'-nitrosoanatabine
NCI Negative Chemical Ionisation
NCSU North Carolina State University
NDA Non-Disclosure Agreement
NDELA N-nitrosodiethanolamine
NDMA N-nitrosodimethylamine
NDVI Normalised Difference Vegetation Index
NEM SG Collaborative Study on Nematodes
NEOs Nicotine Equivalents
NFDPM Nicotine-Free Dry Particulate Matter (also referred to as "tar")
NGO Non-Governmental Organisation
NGPs Next Generation Products
NGPC TF Nicotiona Germplasm Collection
NGTX 21st Century Toxicology for Next Generation Tobacco and Nicotine Products
NIL Near Isogenic Line
NIOSH National Institute on Occupational Safety and Hazards (CDC, USA)
NIST National Institute of Standards and Technology (USA)
NMR Nuclear Magnetic Resonance 
NNAL 4-(methylnitrosamino)-1-(3-pyridyl)-1-butanol
NNK 4-(methylnitrosamino)-1-(3-pyridyl)-1-butanone
NNMF Non-Negative-Matrix Factorisation 
NNN N'-nitrosonornicotine
NO Nitrogen Monoxide
NOP National Organic Program (USA)
NOSB National Organic Standards Board (USA)
NOx Nitrous Oxides
NPE Nonylphenol Ethoxylates (endocrine disruptor)
NPO Non-Profit Organisation
NRT Nicotine Replacement Therapy
NRU Neutral Red Uptake
NTC Non-Tobacco Consumers
NTRM Non-Tobacco Related Material
NWIP New Work Item Proposal (ISO)
OECD Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development
OHSE Occupational Health, Safety and Environment Policy
OPB 4-Oxo-4-(3-pyridyl)-butanal)
OPBA 4-Oxo-4-(3-pyridyl)-butanoic acid
OPLSDA Orthogonal Partial Least Squares Discriminant Analysis
ORT Oriental/Turkish (tobacco type)
OTP Other Tobacco Products
OV Oven Volatile
PAAs Primary Aromatic Amines
PAHs Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons
PAR Photosynthesis Active Radiation
PBMC Peripheral Blood Mononuclear Cell
PBN N-tert-butyl-α phenylnitrone
PCA Principal Component Analysis
PCLS Precision-cut Lung Slices
PDF Portable Document Format
Pdt Président (French abbr.)
PFBHA o-(2,3,4,5,6-pentafluorobenzyl)hydroxylamine hydrochloride
PFM Part-Filter Method
PG Propylene Glycol
PGR Plant Growth Regulator
pH percentage Hydrogen (acid-base measurement unit)
PhD Doctor of Philosophy
PHI Pre-Harvest Interval
PIC Prior Informed Consent (Rotterdam Convention on chemicals)
PIMS Photo Ionisation Mass Spectrometry
PK/PD Pharmacokinetic/Pharmacodynamic
PLA Polylactic Acid
PLE Pressurized Liquid Extraction
PLS Partial Least Squares
PLSDA Partial Least Squares Discriminant Analysis
PMO Project Management Office Committee
PMT Putrescine N-Methyltransferase
PMTA Premarket Tobacco Product Application (USA)
PON Pseudoxynicotine
POPs Persistant Organic Pollutants
ppb parts per billion
PPE Personal Protection Equipment
ppm parts per million
PP Polypropylene
PPP Plant Protection Product (also CPA)
PPPAMS Plant Protection Products Application Management System
PRC Pesticide-Residue-Clean
PREPs Potential Reduced Exposure Products
PSMST SG Pest and Sanitation Management in Stored Tobacco
PT Proficiency Test
PTM SG Physical Test Methods
PUB SG Product Use Behaviour
PVY Potato Virus Y
Q&A Question & Answer
QA Quality Assurance
QCS Quality Certification Services
QRA Quantitative Risk Assessment
QTL Quantitative Trait Locus
QTOFMS Quadrupole Time-of-Flight Mass Spectrometry
QuEChERS Quick Easy Cheap Effective Rugged Safe
r&R repeatability & Reproducibility
R&D Research & Development
RAC SG Routine Analytical Chemistry
RCIP Reduced Cigarette Ignition Propensity
REACH Registration, Evaluation and Authorisation of CHemicals
RfD Reference Dose
RFT SG Agrochemical Residue Field Trials
RIL Recombinant Inbred Line
RKN Root-Knot Nematode
RNP Ribonucleoprotein
RPLC Reversed-Phase Liquid Chromatography
RRP Reduced Risks Products
RSD Relative Standard Deviation
RSM Response Surface Methodology
RSP Respirable Suspended Particulate
RTD Reduced Toxicity Product
RTL Reconstituted Tobacco Leaf
RTP Reduced Toxicant Prototype
RYO Roll-Your-Own
SA SG Smoke Analysis
SAC Scientific Advisory Committee (FDA)
SAS Statistical Analysis Software
SC Scientific Commission
SCC Science Communication Committee
SCENIHR Scientific Committee on Emerging and Newly Identified Health Risks (EU)
SCFCAH Standing Committee on Food Chain and Animal Health (EU)
SCFE Supercritical CO2 Fluid Extraction
SCS Smoking Cycle Simulator
SDHI Succinate Dehydrogenase Inhibitors
SDGs Sustainable Development Goals
SDME Single Drop Micro Extraction
SE Self Extinguishing (cigarettes)
SE Substantial Equivalence (new products - US FDA)
SEM Scanning Electron Microscopy
SFC Specific Fuel Consumption
SG Sub-Group
SGTF Sub-Groups and Task Forces
SIM Selected Ion Monitoring
SMA SG Smoke Analytes
SMB-MS Supersonic Molecular Beam Ionization Mass Spectroscopy
SNP Single Nucleotide Polymorphism
SOP Standard Operating Procedure
SOP Sulphate of Potash
SPA SG Special Analytes (now SMA)
SPE Solid-Phase Extraction
SRA Scientific and Regulatory Affairs
SRM Selected Reaction Monitoring
SRM Single Residue Method
SRM Standard Reference Material
SRTP Social Responsibility in Tobacco Production
SS Smoke Sidestream Smoke
SSE Solid Sorptive Extraction
SSPT Smoke Science and Product Technology Study Groups
STP Smokeless Tobacco Products
STP Sustainable Tobacco Production
STP Sustainable Tobacco Programme 
STS SG Smokeless Tobacco (now TTPA)
SUST TF Sustainability in Tobacco Leaf Production
SVM-C Support Vector Machine-Classification
TAG Tobacco Alkaloid Genetics
TALEN Transcription Activator-Like Effector Nucleases
TAR Total Applied Radioactivity
TASV Tobacco Apical Stunt Virus
TBC Tributyl Citrate 
TBO Tobacco Biotechnology and Omics
TC Tobacco Committee (ISO)
TCN Tobacco Cyst Nematode
TCSV Tobacco Curly Shoot Virus
TD Thermal Desorption
TDL Tunable Diode Laser
TEC Triethyl Citrate
TEG Triethylene Glycol
TEV Tobacco Etch Virus
TF Task Force
TFI Tobacco Free Initiative (WHO)
THC Tetrahydrocannabinol
TIOJ Tobacco Institute of Japan
TJI Tobacco Journal International
TLCV Tobacco Leaf Curl Virus
TMAH Tetra Methyl Ammonium Hydroxide
TMV Tobacco Mosaic Virus
TNA Total Nicotine Alkaloids
TNCO Tar, Nicotine, Carbon Monoxide
TobLabNet WHO Tobacco Laboratory Network
TobReg WHO Study Group on Tobacco Product Regulation
TOFMS Time-of-Flight Mass Spectrometry
TPD Tobacco Products Directive (EU)
TPM Total Particulate Matter
TPSAC Tobacco Products Scientific Advisory Committee (FDA-USA)
TRE Tobacco Root Exudates
TRIPS Trademark Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights
TRR Total Radioactive Residue
TRSV Tobacco Ringspot Virus
TRV Tobacco Rattle Virus
TSA Thiazole sulfonic acid
TSB SG Smoking Behaviour (now PUB)
TSNA SG TSNA in Air-cured and Fire-cured Tobacco
TSNA Tobacco Specific Nitrosamines
TSRC Tobacco Science Research Conference
TStV Tobacco Stunt Virus
TSV Tobacco Streak Virus
TSWV Tomato Spotted Wilt Virus
TTB Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau
TTPA SG Tobacco and Tobacco Products Analytes
TV Tidal Volume
TVC Total Viable Count
TVMV Tobacco Vein Mottling Virus
TWC Tobacco Workers Conference
TYDV Tobacco Yellow Dwarf Virus
UKy University of Kentucky (referred to as "UK" in the USA)
UPLC Ultra Performance Liquid Chromatography
UN United Nations
UN-ECE United Nations - Ecomonic Commission for Europe
UN-REDD United Nations - Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation in Developing Countries
UNEP United Nations Environment Programme
UPLC-MS/MS Ultra-Performance Liquid Chromatography Tandem Mass Spectrometry
URT Upper Respiratory Tract
USDA United States Department of Agriculture
UV Ultraviolet
VCU Value for Cultivation and Use
VIR SG Virus Diseases
VOC Volatile Organic Compound
VG Glycerol
VP Vice President
VUV Vacuum Ultraviolet
WBP Whole-Body Plethysmograph
WG Working Group (also ISO)
WHO World Health Organisation
WS-CM Whole Smoke-Conditioned Medium
WTPM Wet Total Particulate Matter
XDES SG Extended Diagnostic Expert System
YC/T Tobacco Voluntary Standard (China)


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