E-liquid industry regulations

Since the vape industry is changing dynamically, manufacturers have to always be one step ahead when it comes to trends, but also regulatory aspects that vary widely across the world. Each country has adopted its own laws concerning tobacco and vape products. Chemnovatic specialists have gathered it in a convenient summary of key information.

Below you will find the most important information concerning e-liquid regulations, bans, restrictions, and trends for the vape industry in selected countries.

Denmark

  • flavours banned in both nicotine e-liquids and non-nicotine e-liquids
  • only tobacco and menthol flavours are allowed
  • the transition period for products already on the market ends on 1st April 2022
  • read more here
  • Notification fees: 36 900 DKK per product

Estonia

  • flavours banned in both nicotine e-liquids and non-nicotine e-liquids
  • only tobacco and menthol flavours are allowed
  • find out more in the Tobacco Act
  • Notification fees: none
  • CBD products: non-nicotine liquids need to be registered
  • Nicotine pouches: falls under TPD legislation, but does not need to be notified
  • Non-nicotine flavourings for shisha: need to be notified

Finland

  • flavours banned in both nicotine e-liquids and non-nicotine e-liquids
  • only tobacco flavour is allowed
  • learn more here
  • Notification fees: 150 EUR per product, annual fee – 75 EUR
  • CBD products: falls under the drug laws
  • Nicotine pouches: treated as pharmaceutical products

France

  • Prohibited e-liquid flavours: none
  • Notification fees: no fees

Great Britain

  • Prohibited e-liquid flavours: none
  • Notification fees: notifiction fee – 150 GBP per product, annual fee – 80 GBP per product
  • CBD products: liquids with nicotine cannot contain CBD; CBD liquids without nicotine are legal and should not be notified
  • Nicotine pouches: tobacco-free nicotine pouches are not subject to TPD regulation and shouldn’t be notified

Hungary

  • tobacco, menthol, and fruit flavors are allowed – this only applies to nicotine products
  • learn more here
  • Notification fees: 475 000 FT per product, annual fee – 475 000 FT

Italy

  • Prohibited e-liquid flavours: none
  • Notification fees: none
  • CBD products: CBD is forbidden
  • Nicotine pouches: not regulated

New Zeland

  • only tobacco, menthol, and mind flavours are allowed
  • find out more here

Philippines

Poland

  • Prohibited e-liquid flavours: none
  • Notification fees: from 1 623,14 PLN to 5 410,45 PLN
  • CBD products: allowed for marketing
  • Nicotine pouches: treated as a food product
  • Non-nicotine flavourings for shisha: it should be registered and treated as a TPD product

Portugal

  • Prohibited e-liquid flavours: none
  • Notification fees: notification fee 2500 EUR per product, annual fee from 500 to 1000 EUR
  • CBD products: CBD is forbidden in e-liquids
  • Nicotine pouches: will be regulated in the future

Saudi Arabia

  • only some flavours are banned: cocoa, vanilla, coffee, tea, spices, candy, chewing gum, cola, and alcohol
  • learn more here

Spain

  • Prohibited e-liquid flavours: none
  • Notification fees: none
  • CBD products: forbidden
  • Nicotine pouches: tobacco-free nicotine pouches are treated as a medical product

Ukraine

  • only tobacco flavour is allowed
  • check the article about it here

United States

  • Ban on flavoured e-liquids in 4 states: New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island
  • Upcoming bans: California (November 2022)
  • Other states considering flavours ban: among others Texas and New Hampshire
  • IMPORTANT: flavourings ban do not apply to closed system vapes
  • Read more here

Upcoming restrictions

Canada

  • the flavor ban will be implemented as regulation by Health Canada, and will prohibit flavors other than tobacco, menthol, and mint
  • set to take effect Jan 1, 2022
  • read more here

Netherlands / Sweden / Lithuania

  • flavours to be banned in both nicotine e-liquids and non-nicotine e-liquids
  • only tobacco flavour to be allowed
  • set to take effect July 1, 2022

Tracking the regulatory changes

Restrictions and bans on nicotine products are visible worldwide. That is why it is crucial to follow the upcoming changes in order to adapt to them on time and act according to new regulations.

At Chemnovatic we keep track of all legislative changes in the e-cigarette industry around the world and as one of the first companies related to the industry introduce the necessary changes. Therefore feel free to reach out to us if you need any consultations or advice – just contact us!

If would like to talk about any other matter, or if you want to make an order, email us at sales@chemnovatic.com.

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