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TheTobacco Products Directive 2014/14/EU (TPD)introduced new rules for nicotine-containing electronic cigarettes and refill containers (Article 20) from May 2016.MHRAis the competent authority for the notification scheme for e-cigarettes and refill containers in the UK and is responsible for implementing the majority of provisions under Article 20.TheTPDintroduced new rules which ensure:

  • minimum standards for the safety and quality of all e-cigarettes and refill containers (otherwise known as e-liquids)
  • that information is provided to consumers so that they can make informed choices
  • an environment that protects children from starting to use these products.

From 20 May 2017, the new requirements:

  • restrict e-cigarette tanks to a capacity of no more than 2ml
  • restrict the maximum volume of nicotine-containing e-liquid for sale in one refill container to 10ml
  • restrict e-liquids to a nicotine strength of no more than 20mg/ml
  • require nicotine-containing products or their packaging to be child-resistant and tamper evident
  • ban certain ingredients including colourings, caffeine and taurine
  • include new labelling requirements and warnings
  • require all e-cigarettes and e-liquids be notified toMHRAbefore they can be sold

Consumers and healthcare professionals can report side effects and safety concerns with e-cigarettes or refill containers toMHRAthrough theYellow Cardreporting system. You can also report products suspected to be defective or non-compliant to your local Trading Standards or UKTobacco and Related Products Regulations 2016implement theTPDin the UK, and came into force on 20 May 2016.Part 6of the regulations sets out the requirements for e-cigarettes and refill containers.The regulations introduce requirements for producers of e-cigarettes and refill containers. A producer is anyone who manufactures or imports these products or who re-brands any product as their own. Producers must submit information about their products toMHRAthrough a European Common Entry Gate (EU-CEG) notification portal. Retailers do not need to submit information for any products they sell unless they also qualify as a producer. Retailers had until 20 May 2017 to sell through stock of products that do not comply with the labelling and product composition requirements of theTPD.TheTPDdoes not cover nicotine-containing products that are authorised as medicines. Further information about licensing these products as medicines can be foundhere