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, vape flavour bans, restrictions, and trends for the vape industry in selected countries.

e liquid regulations in Austria

Austria

  • Nicotine-free liquids: have to be notified, same as the nicotine-containing ones
  • Prohibited e-liquid flavours: none
  • Notification fees: none
  • CBD products: nicotine e-liquids cannot contain CBD; nicotine-free liquids with CBD are allowed, but have to be registered
  • Nicotine pouches: currently unregulated
e liquid regulations in the Czech Republic

The Czech Republic

  • Nicotine-free liquids: are TPD-subject (premix and longfills included)
  • Prohibited e-liquid flavours: none
  • Notification fees: none
  • CBD products: forbidden
  • Nicotine pouches: currently unregulated

Canada

  • In June 2021 the Federal Government proposed to prohibit flavors other than tobacco, menthol, and mint, expected to come to life in late 2022
  • 4 provinces already banned flavours other than tobacco: Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Northwest Territories, Prince Edward Island
  • A similar law will come to life in Nunavut, but the date is not set yet
  • Sales of flavoured e-liquids is restricted to special, age-restricted vape shops in 3 provinces: British Columbia, Ontario, Saskatchewan

China

  • The tobacco sector’s authority is State Tobacco Monopoly Administration
  • Retailers must sell their products through a national, unified platform for e-cigarettes
  • E-cigarette manufacturers can carry out sales of their products only through authorized channels
  • Since October 1, 2022, sales of flavoured, other than tobacco, e-liquids will be prohibited

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 ended on 1st April 2022
  • Read more here
  • Notification fees: 15 000 DKK (1250 DKK per month) per product and is due for payment every year

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

France

  • Prohibited e-liquid flavours: none
  • Notification fees were canceled on 1 January, 2020. They were 295 EUR, per product registration, annual fee 120 EUR for one product.
  • CBD products: allowed, but not advertised as products with therapeutical features
E-liquid regulations in Germany

Germany

  • Nicotine and non-nicotine products: are TPD-subject
  • Prohibited e-liquid flavours: none, but there is a list of substances that e-liquids cannot contain
  • Notification fees: none
  • CBD products: allowed, but not advertised as products with therapeutical features; TPD-subject
  • Nicotine pouches: considered as food product, thus not TPD-subject

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
e liquid regulations in Greece

Greece

  • E-liquids: require registration if sold in set a vaping device
  • Prohibited e-liquid flavours: none
  • Notification & modification fees: 50 EUR each
  • CBD products: forbidden
  • Nicotine pouches: to be regulated in the future

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
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Ireland

  • Prohibited e-liquid flavours: none
  • Nicotine-free e-liquids: don’t have to be notified
  • Notification fees: none
  • CBD products: CBD is forbidden in nicotine-containing e-liquids
  • Shisha products: are TPD-subject

Italy

  • Prohibited e-liquid flavours: none
  • Nicotine-free e-liquids: have to be notified
  • Notification fees: since 30 May, 2022 – from €108,03 to €327,85
  • CBD products: CBD is forbidden
  • Nicotine pouches: not regulated
  • Tobacco products for shisha: regulated the same way as tobacco products for smoke

Lithuania

  • Only tobacco flavours are allowed
  • The ban is active since 1 July, 2022
  • Since 1 May, 2022, e-liquids are TPD-subject and have to be registered
  • Notification fees: none

New Zealand

  • Only tobacco, menthol, and mind flavours are allowed
  • Find out more here

Northern Ireland

  • Prohibited e-liquid flavours: none
  • Notification requirements: nicotine-free liquids don’t have to be notified
  • Notification fees: notifiction fee – 150 GBP per product, annual fee – 60 GBP per product, modification fee – 80 GBP
  • 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

Philippines

Poland

  • Prohibited e-liquid flavours: none
  • Notification fees: from 1 766,64 PLN to 5 888,80 PLN
  • CBD products: allowed for marketing
  • Nicotine pouches: treated as a food product
  • Non-nicotine flavourings for shisha: are not TPD-subject and do not need registration

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), Hawaii, Los Angeles (if they are signed by the governors)
  • In District of Columbia flavours ban will come to life in late 2022
  • Other states considering flavours ban: among others Texas and New Hampshire
  • In Utah flavours, other than tobacco, can be sold in special, age-restricted stores

Upcoming restrictions

Belgium

  • E-liquid notifications: soon to be required (probably January 2023)
  • Flavours banned: none
  • Disposables to be banned (probably 2023)
  • Notification and modification fees: currently: 165 EUR for notification and modification each, 125 EUR for an annual report;
    since 2023: 200 EUR for notification, 100 EUR for modification
  • CBD: not allowed in nicotine-containing e-liquids; tolerated in nicotine-free e-liquids
  • Nicotine pouches: no longer treated as medical products, but similarly to tobacco products

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
  • Smoking and vaping are prohibited in public spaces like beaches or playgrounds, more details here
  • Logo or image-containing packaging are allowed till the end of April 2023, after that a unified design will be obligatory
  • Nicotine-free e-liquid: have to be notified. Those present on the market have till the end of October 2023, and the new ones have to be notified right away
e liquid regulations in Latvia

Latvia

  • Non-nicotine liquids will soon have to be registered
  • Flavours banned: none, but soon to be changed
  • Notification and modification fees: 125,5 EUR for registration and an annual fee 78,49 EUR
  • CBD: not restricted
  • Nicotine pouches: tobacco-free nicotine pouches to be regulated in the future

The Netherlands

  • Flavours to be banned in both nicotine e-liquids and non-nicotine e-liquids
  • Ban is postponed to 2023
  • Notification and modification fees: 44,85 EUR each
  • CBD: not allowed
  • Nicotine pouches containing 0,035 mg, or more, nicotine per pouch are banned
e liquid regulations in Sweden

Sweden

  • Prohibited e-liquid flavours: none
  • Notification fees: 10500 SE for notification and 10500 SE for modification
  • CBD products: forbidden
  • Nicotine pouches: currently unregulated, since 01.01.2023 will be treated as food products
  • Tobacco for shisha: is TPD-subject
  • Nicotine-free shisha aromas: don’t have to be notified

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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