The UK already produced the safest e-liquid in the world prior to us implementing the European Union’s Tobacco Products Directive. With strict laws and a Yellow Card system in place, e-liquid users can be assured of its safety.
The UK already produced the safest eliquid in the world prior to us implementing the European Union’s Tobacco Products Directive. We have very strict laws governing the production and sale of e-liquid, and also have a Yellow Card notification system in place to reassure e-liquid users when it comes to safety.
As the majority of the e-liquid manufacturers already applied a strict voluntary quality code, the implementation of the European Union’s Tobacco Products Directive was simple. The approach taken in the United Kingdom drove many bathtub mixers out of business as they couldn’t afford the costs involved in conforming to the exacting standards.
UK Vape Liquids must conform with rules laid down by the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA), as defined by Part 6 of the Tobacco and Related Products Regulations and the Tobacco Products and Nicotine Inhaling Products (Amendment) (EU Exit) Regulations 2020.
These rules ensure “standards for the safety and quality of all e-cigarettes and refill containers (otherwise known as e-liquids)”.
TPD rules include things like:
- restrict the volume of nicotine-containing e-liquid for sale in one refill container to 10ml
- restrict e-liquids to a nicotine strength of no more than 20mg/ml
- require nicotine-containing products or their packaging to be child-resistant and tamper-evident
- ban certain ingredients including colourings, caffeine and taurine
- include new labelling requirements and warnings
- require all e-cigarettes and e-liquids be notified to the MHRA before they can be sold
The British Government is currently reviewing our world-leading regulatory system now we have left Europe to ensure that it reflects the current research evidence and maintains the highest standards.
Combined with the MHRA regulatory enforcement, the Yellow Card notification system keeps a constant check on any reported side effects and/or safety concerns.
The MHRA says: “Yellow Card reports submitted to the MHRA are added to our vigilance database where reports are looked at by our specialist team of assessors. Reports are assessed for potential patterns of concern by our team of scientists, doctors and pharmacists. Should any potential safety concerns be identified the MHRA are able to take regulatory action to safeguard the public”
Not only do we currently have some of the toughest regulations in the world then, but a belt and braces approach ensures that the safety of e-liquid is being maintained by UK manufacturers.
In addition, all new brands being launched onto the market must be registered with the MHRA and undergo thorough testing to meet the MHRA’s standards, with the producer agreeing to submit a declaration that they bear full responsibility for the quality and safety of the product.
The guidance offered to manufacturers by the MHRA is very comprehensive, covering:
- Product type
- Submission type
- Emissions testing
- Nicotine dose
- Product presentation
- Annual reporting, and
- General advice on due diligence