EU TPD Regulations The Electro Tobacconist 2018

How to Understand the EU TPD, or How To Herd Cats. . . . . . . .


How to Understand the EU TPD, or How To Herd Cats!

The TPD (Tobacco Products Directive) fiasco has been going on for a considerable time, but now we are close to the implementation date when it will be passed into UK law.
The arguments have raged on and on, but we just want to inform our customers how the new regulations will affect their vaping lifestyle.

The main points are:

1) The maximum strength of Nicotine liquids will be limited to 2% (20mg/ml).
2) The maximum size of refill bottles containing Nicotine liquid will be 10ml.
3) The maximum capacity of any tank/clearomiser etc will be 2ml.
4) There will be a transition period between May 20th 2016 and May 20th 2017.

All of the above will have to be tested and notified to the EU in order to gain an EC ID number which will allow them to be sold.
Below this brief explanation is the Guidance page from the MHRA (Medicines & Healthcare products Regulatory Agency) which is
the organisation responsible for implementing the regulations in the UK. Below that is a copy of Section 6 of the statutory instrument
which was laid before Parliament and which forms the new UK regulations.
It’s easy to see just how much bureaucracy and expensive testing of products will be involved in order to keep products on the market
and/or to introduce new products.

Transition Period.

Products falling under TPD Regulations on sale before May 20th 2016 must be notified by November 20th 2016. If they are not notified,
Retailers will be allowed to sell off existing stock until May 20th 2017, but only if it was produced prior to November 20th 2016.
Any products that have not been notified must then be withdrawn from sale on May 20th 2017.

So, the products containing Nicotine, including the larger than 10ml sizes, will remain on sale through to May 20th 2017.

Supplies of higher strength Nicotine liquid (higher than 2% {20mg/ml}) will inevitably begin to run down leading up to May 20th 2017,
as will supplies of Nicotine liquid in bottles with a capacity greater than 10ml; that is of course, unless changes which are being called
for not just by manufacturers/retailers/vapers, but by members of the House of Lords, are introduced.

Advertising and the media.

Virtually all mainstream advertising or promotion of ecigarettes/vaping, TV/Radio/Online, will be banned from May 20th 2016. This was heavily
criticised in a House of Lords debate, Vaping and the TPD discussed in the Lords Grand Committee 10/05/16, a bit long but worth watching.

All in all, you might not see many changes initially, but over the next 12 months, you will see just how disproportionate the regulations are.

For a full overview follow this link for the MHRA’s Full Documentation.

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