Everything You Need to Know About TPD Compliance
Want to know about TPD Compliance and how it effects your business? Here’s our detailed guide on everything you need to know
What is TPD compliance? The TPD is an updated version of the European Union Directive. It must appear on every website related to vaping, from forums to e-commerce sites. The TPD ensures that information is provided to consumers so that they can make an informed decision. It also outlines the safety standards of e-cigarettes and e-liquids in the EU.
What is TPD?
TPD stands for the Tobacco Products Directive. Initially created in 2001. In 2014, e-cigarettes were added during a review of the legislation. The directive applies to countries in the European Union. It sets limits on the merchandising and sales of tobacco and products related to tobacco. As a result, every member state in the EU had to transfer the TPD requirements into their laws by May 2016.
The purpose of the TPD
Designed to improve the tobacco market, the Tobacco Products Directive is used to regulate products and protect consumers. The TPD primary objects include:
- Protect children from all nicotine products. E-cigarettes and products related to e-cigarettes should not be sold to any individuals under 18 years of age.
- Protect consumers of tobacco and its related products by creating a minimum level of standards for the quality and safety of all vaping devices and e liquids.
- Protect consumers by providing clear packaging which outlines valuable information. Thus allowing the consumer to make an informed decision. It ensures consumers are aware that products contain nicotine.
Requirements as of May 2017:
- E-cigarette tanks are restricted to a maximum of 2ml.
- Nicotine-containing eliquid is restricted to a refill size of 10ml.
- E-liquids containing nicotine are restricted to a strength of no more than 20mg/ml.
- All nicotine-containing products must have child-resistant, tamper evident packaging.
- Colourings, caffeine and taurine are banned from e-liquids.
- All e-liquids must include new labelling requirements and warnings.
- All e-cigarettes and e-liquids must be notified to MHRA before they can be sold.
The Medicine and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) must be notified before any e-cigarettes and e-liquids are available to be sold in the UK. Once registered, products can go on sale after a grace period of six months. All products which have been modified are classified as a new product and must follow this process to be sold. Each notification costs £150.
Restrictions to Products
- E-liquids which contain nicotine must go through emissions testing. The testing must be undertaken in a lab. This is a service we offer through our sister company, Eos Scientific.
- The nicotine strength in e-liquid products must not exceed 20mg/ml.
- E-liquids must not contain caffeine or taurine or any other stimulate compounds. They must also not contain any colourings.
- E-liquids cannot contain vitamins or additives which give the impression that the product provides health benefits or reduces health risks.
- All e-liquid containers which contain nicotine are restricted to a maximum 10ml.
- All e-liquid boxes must have information and warning labels to allow the consumer to make an informed decision before purchasing. “This product contains nicotine which is a highly addictive substance” is a packaging requirement by the TPD. This label must take up 30% of the package surface both on the front and back.
- E-liquid bottles must have nozzles at least 9mm long.
- All packaging must be completely childproof with caps that emit no more than 20 drops per minute.
- Vape tanks must have nicotine warning stickers.
- Vape tanks must have an ECID (European Community Identification Number) and must be registered to the MHRA.
- The maximum capacity for single use cartridges, disposable electronic cigarettes and tanks is restricted to a maximum of 2ml.
Consumer Benefits of TPD
- All consumers will now benefit from improved quality and safety regulations on products
- Children are now protected against potential harm thanks to childproof and tamperproof packaging.
- Consumers are better informed of their choices due to new labelling and packaging requirements,