What Is A TPD Compliant E-Liquid?

What Is A TPD Compliant E-Liquid?

If you are selling or marketing an e-liquid, it makes sense to ensure that they are TPD compliant - both from a sales and marketing perspective. In this blog, we are going to explain what TPD regulations are and what they do, and we’ll also highlight some of the key e-liquid regulations in the UK.

What Are TPD Regulations?

TPD is an acronym for the Tobacco Products Directive 2014/14/EU (TPD). This directive introduced rules for electronic cigarettes and refill containers that contain nicotine. The authority which is responsible for implementing the directive's provisions is the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA).

The purposes of the TPD are to ensure safety and quality standards, information provision to customers, and an environment that protects children from e-cigarettes.

Achieving TPD Compliance

A full version of the TPD can be found here, but in this blog, we will pick out some of the key regulations to look out for:

Tank capacity - the latest updates to the TPD, issued in 2017, restrict e-cigarette tank capacity to a limit of 2ml, while the volume of refill containers with e-liquid containing nicotine is limited to 10ml.

Nicotine strength - the TPD limits the nicotine strength of e-liquids to 20mg/ml.

Tampering - it is essential that if you are selling products containing nicotine, the packaging must be both tamper-evident, and child-resistant.

Banned ingredients - the TPD has banned e-liquids from containing additives that include colouring properties for emissions. It is also prohibited for e-liquids to contain; vitamins or additives which are designed to give the impression that the product offers health benefits; caffeine, taurine or other stimulant compounds associated with giving an energy boost; additives which "facilitate inhalation or nicotine uptake"; or "additives that have CMR (carcinogenic, mutagenic or reprotoxic) properties in the unburnt form".

Labelling restrictions - all ingredients in products should be listed on their label if there is a quantity amounting to over 0.1 per cent of the final formulation. For more information on labelling, see here.

Notifying the MHRA - all e-liquids need to be notified to the MHRA before they’re sold.

Ensure Your Products Are TPD Compliant

If you are an e-liquid retailer - either online or on the high street - the smartest way of ensuring compliance with TPD UK regulations can be the E-Liquid Wholesale service.

Our TPD compliant e-liquid wholesale package includes full TPD registration at no extra cost, taking the work out of ensuring TPD compliant e-liquids.

Call us on 0808 501 5464 for more information.

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