What portion of the Tobacco Products Directive (TPD) Affects Eliquids?

Article 20. You can view the full text of the TPD here.

What are the benefits of Tobacco Product Directive compliance?

As of 2016, all eliquids being sold in the United Kingdom must be compliant with the TPD. If your eliquids are tested and found not to be in compliance, your business can face stiff fines or other measures. Additionally, selling TPD-compliant eliquids assures your customers that your eliquids do not contain harmful materials and are made from high-quality ingredients – which can help in your marketing efforts.

Do your tests check for safety as well as TPD compliance?

While most of the tests necessary for TPD compliance already check for the safety of the eliquid by screening for undesirable components, our additional quality control procedures can screen out any additional items which may make your eliquid less safe for consumption – and provide suggestions for reformulation which will improve the quality.

What kind of reporting will my business receive?

Other testing services will just send you the raw data you require for your application. EOS Scientific sends you the interpretation of the data, and includes reformulation in the cost of the testing if it is necessary to meet the TPD.

Nicotine base liquid

The TPD requirements on nicotine concentration (20mg/ml maximum) and size of presentation (10ml maximum for refill container and 2ml maximum for e-cigarettes) apply to products sold to end consumers (irrespective of whether the end consumer intends to modify the product).

The requirements do not apply to ‘trade sales’ i.e. where you are not selling direct to a consumer. But for all sales (trade and to consumers) the tank capacity of a refillable e-cigarette must not exceed 2ml.
The application of all TPD requirements are subject to transitional provisions.

Why TPD?

The TPD introduces new rules which ensure:

  • minimum standards for the safety and quality of all e-cigarettes and refill containers (otherwise known as e-liquids)
  • that information will be provided to consumers so that they can make informed choices
  • an environment that protects children from starting to use these products
What is the TPD?

The Tobacco Products Directive 2014/14/EU (TPD) introduces new rules for nicotine-containing e-cigarettes and refill containers (Article 20). MHRA is responsible for implementing the majority of provisions under Article 20 and has been designated as the competent authority for the notification scheme for e-cigarettes and refill containers in the UK.

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