Vaping – A Highly Regulated Market

Vaping is, quite rightly, highly regulated to make sure products are safe to use. The EU has a number of laws that apply to vaping products. The main two are:

DIRECTIVE 2014/40/EU

TPD

TPD stands for Tobacco Products Directive. Although designed to regulate tobacco products, the Directive also deals with vaping products.

The TPD requires:

  • Rigorous testing for vaping devices and e-liquids
  • Absence of harmful ingredients
  • A nicotine limit
  • Stringent restrictions on advertising
  • Health warnings and consumer information notes

REGULATION 2008/1272

CLP REGULATION

The Regulation (EC) No. 1272/2008 on Classification, Labelling and Packaging of substances and mixtures (CLP)  is the main provision on labelling and packaging of substances and mixtures in the European Union.

The CLP Regulation:

  • Applies to all substances and mixtures placed on the market, including e-liquids
  • Provides consumers with information on the safe use of e-liquids.
  • Establishes a list of dangerous chemicals that can’t be used in e-liquids.
  • Ensures information on allergies, if relevant, is included on all packaging.