China has for the first time published advanced notice of its forthcoming legal standards for e-cigarettes – in US or European terms, regulation – due for release by October 2019.
The official standards will lay down mandatory minimum requirements for e-cigarette devices and e-liquids under five main headings:
- E-liquids – maximum nicotine concentration, regulation of additives and assessment of pollutants;
- Devices and components – various specifications, including materials used;
- Packaging and labelling;
- Storage and transportation conditions.
There may also be a minimum age limit for the purchase of e-cigarettes, and possibly the establishment of a system of taxation.
It is not clear whether the new rules will apply to exported products, or only to those placed on the market in China....