Above, you could read the opinions of RIVM and Emil ‘t Hart of the trade association Esigbond. We also asked Marcin Górecki, the head of the Chemnovatic Legal Regulations Department, what he thinks about the Dutch ban. Here’s what he said:
“The Netherlands is the first country that went so far in regulating flavoured e-liquids on a national TPD level. It is a precedent approach in the entire EU, specifying exactly what ingredients can be used. Let’s mention, that so far, some countries had their lists of what ingredients not to use.
The Netherlands has a completely different approach to vape products than, for example, the UK, and is a part of a certain trend we see among some Member States of the EU. The Dutch actions can also be a kind of closing certain loopholes in the regulations that exist in some countries that limit flavours other than tobacco, because, listening to the market, some manufacturers, under the guise of tobacco flavours, introduce mixed flavours to make their products more attractive to customers.
Reading the justification for introducing such a regulation, you can see that the Netherlands has put a lot of work into selecting the allowed substances, but, as mentioned, the aroma itself loses, as it does not taste as those available so far without a limited list of ingredients.”