What is the TPD?
TPD is the Tobacco Products Directive and came into law on the 20th May 2016. However transitional periods were set to allow the vaping industry to get prepared. The TPD introduced new regulations on e-liquids, disposables, cartridges and tanks. There have also been additional regulations on advertising/sponsorships, cross border sales and labelling.
Key Points of the TPD
- Limited to 10ml bottles.
- The maximum strength of nicotine in e-liquids is 20mg/ml.
- E-liquid containers must be child-resistant and tamper proof.
- E-liquids must be accompanied by a leaflet or peel and reveal label which contains addition information about the product.
- Liquids must be tested and testing data must be submitted to the MHRA / HSE
- 0mg e-liquid is not subject to TPD.
Disposables, Cartridges, Clearomizers and Tanks
- Limited to 2ml.
- Must not contain nicotine over 20mg/ml.
- Must be protected against breakage and leakage.
- Must be able to be refilled without leakage (unless it is a disposable).
- Must be child-resistant and tamper proof.
- Must provide nicotine in consistent doses.
Important dates in the TPD calendar
20th May 2016
20th November 2016- 20th May 2016
20th May 2017
|Most retailers will still be manufacturing and selling non-compliant products. So consumers are likely to be unaffected by TPD regulations at this point. However, various small manufacturers are likely to slow down production of e-cigarettes reducing their supply to retailers as they understand that TPD compliance is not feasible.||Within this 6 month period a lot of manufacturers will close, which will impact the range of products that retailers can sell. Manufacturers will start making new TPD compliant products and some compliant products may be introduced to the market.||There will be a reduction in the range of stock available to customers. A range of TPD compliant products will be entering the market.|
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