Blog category: Regulations

What is UFI code & how does it apply to the e-liquid industry?

When new regulations appear or one learns about the already existing ones, manufacturers often ask what they are for. As a matter of fact, the reason behind many laws is safety, just like in the case of UFI – a Unique Formula Identifier. What exactly is UFI and how does it apply to the e-liquid industry? Let’s find out! What is UFI code? As the definition says, the UFI acronym goes for the Unique Formula Identifier. It is a unique number that is present on the packaging of dangerous substances. UFI code consists of 23 or 24 characters, including spaces and dashes. Each substance has to be registered in the destination country, before being placed on the market. As a result of a positive registration, the product receives […]

What Brexit means for vaping industry?

What Brexit means for vaping industry? And will it have any impact on EU TPD notifications? Will Brexit change taxes or export rules? Certainly, many e-liquid producers in the UK or those who are exporting their own products to the UK ask themselves the above questions. The UK left the EU on 31 January 2020. The transition period that was in place – during which nothing changed – ended on 31 December 2020. The rules governing the new relationship between the EU and UK took effect on 1 January 2021. This has resulted in a change of legislation regarding the vape market. In this article, we will try to answer the most pressing questions in a matter-of-fact way.

Change in the UK notification system

There is an important change in terms […]

E-liquid industry regulations – REACH and CLP

REACH and CLP are two European Union regulations that apply to the chemical industry in general. However, as e-liquids are part of the chemical industry, they also fall under REACH and CLP. Let’s take a closer look at them, as they are among the most important e-liquid industry regulations. If you would like to learn more about the industry regulations or requirements, click the following links: TPD regulationspharmacopeia qualitystorage and handling requirements.

1. E-liquid industry regulations – REACH

What is REACH?

REACH is one of the most important regulations of the European Union. It concerns a lot of chemical substances and affects many producers, importers, and downstream users. REACH has […]

TPD vs e-liquids – everything you should know about Tobacco Product Directive

What is TPD?

Tobacco Products Directive (TPD) is a directive covering all Member States of the European Union which places limits on the sale and merchandising of tobacco and tobacco-related products in the EU. The products regulated by the directive include cigarettes, roll-your-own tobacco products, pipe tobacco, cigars, cigarillos, smokeless tobacco products, electronic cigarettes and refill containers as well as herbal products for smoking and novel tobacco products. The TPD aims to improve the functioning of the market for tobacco and related products while ensuring a high level of health protection for European citizens. Based on the proposal of the European Commission the Directive entered into force in the EU Member States on 20 May 2016. Although e-cigarettes are a completely separate product category in the EU Directive, the restrictions imposed by the current legislation align […]

REACH and CLP summary on the example of PureNic 99+ pure nicotine

Welcome in our third and last article about REACH and CLP. We didn’t have the time and opportunity to talk about all the requirements coming from one of the biggest regulations in EU, but we will try to summarize the most important ones. Let’s do it on the example of our flagship product – PureNic 99+ pure nicotine.
When looking at nicotine description on our website, you will find the Safety Data Sheet (SDS) among other documents. SDS is required by REACH and it is supposed to be created for every hazardous substance.

Supplier of a substance or mixture has to deliver an SDS to the entity that purchased said product. On our website, you will find the most recent version of the SDS, because this year a new CLP harmonized classification for nicotine has been […]

CLP – what is it? How does it influence nicotine base or e-liquid packaging design?

Welcome again in our series of articles related to REACH and its obligations. Last time we explained what REACH is and today we promised to talk about CLP.

What is CLP then? Does it influence nicotine bases manufacturers?

Again the name of this Regulation comes from the first letters of a phrase: Classification, Labelling, and Packaging. As you know those three issues are very important for the chemical industry. Nowadays it may be obvious that a product composed of chemical substances on a shop shelf has a label informing you about any threats that may be caused by this product. This information and the way we display it on a product is regulated by the CLP. Born on 16 December 2008, it came into force on 20 January 2009, but a […]

What is REACH and why do we talk about it?

Pure nicotine, nicotine bases, and e-liquids manufacturers need to comply to REACH guidelines and regulations. What is REACH? Why is it so important to be REACH compliant? REACH is one of the most important regulations of the European Parliament and of the Council that is already in force in the whole EU from 1 June 2007. It concerns chemical substances and affects many producers, importers and downstream users and also has an impact on our everyday life even if we don’t know about it. For a start lets decode this mysterious name which is an acronym and comes from first letters of this phrase: Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals. Decoding of this name immediately shows us what are the main goals and tasks of this (considered by many as difficult and complicated) regulations. The […]

Nicotine shots – dealing with TPD regulations

Before the introduction of Tobacco Products Directive (TPD) many nicotine base manufacturers were looking for a solution to oncoming nicotine products regulations, even more vapers were in panic, frantically buying e-liquids and nicotine bases in bulk to fill their stashes before the ban comes into force. Two main concerns were: online sales ban in many countries for all products containing nicotine and the limit put on nicotine strength (no more than 20mg/ml) and volume of nicotine liquids (not more than 10ml). What does that mean in practice? Whoever filled their cabinets with bases and liquids is vaping or DIY mixing e-liquids as we speak, others are stuck with what is available online (only nicotine free) and in their local stores (only up to 10ml and 20mg/ml). Well at least until recently […]

European TPD battle – the tides are turning

Recently, there has been quite a few reassuring news from the European TPD front. Does that mean there may be a future for vaping in Europe? The Polish government considers changing the upcoming regulations regarding the use of e-cigarettes in public, specifically lifting the proposed ban on vaping in public space. “A change that could be introduced is limiting the restriction regarding the ban on e-cigarette use in public space. The ban on the use of e-cigarette was the initiative of the ministry. Such regulations are not forced by the EU directive” says dr Łukasz Balwicki from the Medical University of Gdańsk. The directive in Poland in its current form would level e-cigarette users with traditional cigarette smokers in regards to public space vaping / smoking, which may cause teenagers to move to traditional cigarette smoking instead. We […]

E-liquid bottles nozzle requirements

The Commission Implementing Decision 2016/586 of 14 April 2016 requires the e-liquid refill nozzle to be at least 9mm long. Have you measured yours? If you are in the electronic cigarette industry you should have read the requirements for e-liquid refill containers laid out by the Decision. Article 2 “Requirements for the refill mechanisms” states that the electronic cigarette refill mechanism needs to conform with the following to be placed on the market:
(a) It entails the use of a refill container possessing a securely attached nozzle at least 9 mm long, which is narrower than and slots comfortably into the opening of the tank of the electronic cigarette with which it is used and possessing a flow control mechanism that emits no more than 20 drops of refill liquid per […]

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