Regulatory briefing

The regulatory briefing section offers regulatory news and updates from the e-cigarette industry worldwide. Briefings cover topics such as: introduction and passing of relevant bills and bans; changes to regulations in individual countries or regions; and how current affairs and government policies are affecting the industry. It also provides ECigIntelligence’s expert summary of events and analysis.

Regulatory reformer O’Neill could be Trump’s man for the FDA

Written by Jim Myers || 19th December 2016 || Regulatory briefing |

North America
United States
Policy and Politics
Regulation and Legislation
Regulatory briefing
U.S. media are buzzing with speculation that Donald Trump once again could be thinking outside the box as he seeks a reform-minded nominee to head the Food and Drug Administration, which recently extended its authority over...

Totally Wicked told sponsorship is legal, despite crossing borders

Written by Freddie Dawson || 19th December 2016 || Marketing & retailing , Regulatory briefing |

EU
Europe
France
United Kingdom
Companies
Marketing and Retailing
Regulation and Legislation
Marketing & retailing
Regulatory briefing
St Helens rugby league club is to rename its ground the Totally Wicked Stadium in a sponsorship deal which also includes shirt advertising - and could run foul of the European TPD ban on cross-border e-cig sponsorship....

Chinese authorities continue to duck challenge of e-cig regulation

Written by Freddie Dawson || 19th December 2016 || Regulatory briefing |

Asia
China
Regulation and Legislation
Regulatory briefing
Chinese e-cig regulation has been delayed due to agencies passing the buck, researchers say. Future regulation may shade more towards pharmaceutical or tobacco controls, with significant implications for the tiny domestic industry either way....

France reduces TPD notification fees and relaxes calendar 

Written by David Palacios Rubio || 17th December 2016 || Regulatory briefing |

Belgium
Europe
France
Germany
United Kingdom
Regulation and Legislation
Regulatory briefing
France says it has reduced manufacturers’ notification costs for new vaping products. Manufacturers will now need to pay just €295, instead of the €550 that was set when the country transposed the TPD in...

FDA extends registration deadline for some firms by six months

Written by ECigIntelligence || 14th December 2016 || Regulatory briefing |

North America
United States
Washington D.C.
Regulation and Legislation
Regulatory briefing
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has given a last-minute extension to some manufacturers of vapour products, allowing them an extra six months to register their companies and products as required by the deeming...

FDA rejects snus as modified risk – but could reconsider some aspects

Written by Barnaby Page || 14th December 2016 || Regulatory briefing |

Europe
North America
Norway
Sweden
United States
Companies
Health
Marketing and Retailing
Regulation and Legislation
Regulatory briefing
Swedish Match has at last obtained some answers from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on its attempt to have snus products classified as modified risk – and they mix outright rejections with some very mild...

Surgeon general criticised and praised over youth vaping report

Written by Jim Myers || 9th December 2016 || Regulatory briefing |

North America
United States
Health
Policy and Politics
Regulatory briefing
U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy’s report on the use of e-cigarettes by young people has drawn both criticism and praise. Representatives of the industry claimed the report ignored the benefits e-cigarettes can provide to those trying to avoid...

PMI bids to gain first ever FDA modified-risk approval for iQOS

Written by Barnaby Page || 6th December 2016 || Regulatory briefing |

North America
United States
Companies
Health
Marketing and Retailing
Regulation and Legislation
Technology and Innovation
Regulatory briefing
Philip Morris International (PMI) this week submitted its iQOS technology for approval as a reduced-risk product by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), a strategy which if successful would provide a tremendous boost to the credibility of...

Indiana legislators vow to change e-liquid security requirements

Written by Freddie Dawson || 1st December 2016 || Regulatory briefing |

Indiana
North America
United States
Policy and Politics
Regulation and Legislation
Regulatory briefing
Indiana law-makers have promised to replace the state’s controversial e-liquid manufacturing law during the next legislative session. The law specifies security requirements for e-liquid makers which most have not been able to achieve. The Republican party, which holds the majority in...

Washington conference will seek to untangle web of e-cig regulation

Written by ECigIntelligence || 30th November 2016 || Regulatory briefing |

North America
United States
Health
Marketing and Retailing
Policy and Politics
Regulation and Legislation
Regulatory briefing
Industry experts, regulators, lawyers and researchers will consider the implications of a complex picture of e-cigarette regulation when they meet at a conference in Washington next...

Hungary moves to ban flavoured e-liquids, but Greece denies plans

Written by David Palacios Rubio || 24th November 2016 || Regulatory briefing |

EU
Europe
Greece
Hungary
Regulation and Legislation
Regulatory briefing
With flavoured e-liquids continuing to be targeted by those campaigning against e-cigarettes, Hungary has moved to ban all flavouring additives in e-liquids as part of their implementation of the EU's Tobacco Products...

UK asks EU to clarify TPD rules on maximum tank size

Written by David Palacios Rubio || 24th November 2016 || Regulatory briefing |

EU
Europe
France
Germany
United Kingdom
Regulation and Legislation
Regulatory briefing
The UK's Department of Health has asked the European Commission to “provide its interpretation” of the Tobacco Products Directive (TPD) with respects to the 2ml limits on e-cigarette...

New Royal Decree will overhaul regulation of e-cigs in Belgium

Written by David Palacios Rubio || 24th November 2016 || Regulatory briefing |

Belgium
Europe
Regulation and Legislation
Regulatory briefing
A newly-issued Royal Decree will regulate the market for e-cigarettes in Belgium and introduce some substantial changes from the early 2016 decree, which was suspended in March. One of the main points of this new document published in the Belgian official journal...

Canadian government introduces long-expected e-cigarette bill

Written by Barnaby Page || 22nd November 2016 || Regulatory briefing |

Canada
North America
Health
Marketing and Retailing
Policy and Politics
Regulation and Legislation
Regulatory briefing
Canada’s government today made its long-awaited move to end regulatory confusion with a new bill which puts vapour products in a category of their own, distinct from conventional...

Public vaping bans can be bad for your health, researchers warn

Written by Freddie Dawson || 22nd November 2016 || Regulatory briefing |

England
Europe
North America
Northern Ireland
Scotland
United Kingdom
United States
Wales
Health
Policy and Politics
Regulatory briefing
Public vaping bans run contrary to best science and may have negative effects on public health, undermining efforts to combat smoking, according to a report by several leading academics....

With Trump in the White House, is Cole-Bishop necessary?

Written by Barnaby Page || 18th November 2016 || Regulatory briefing |

North America
United States
Policy and Politics
Regulation and Legislation
Regulatory briefing
While many in the U.S. e-cigarette world hope that the Cole-Bishop proposal to change the FDA’s grandfathering date could be the industry’s salvation, at least one commentator believes it should be abandoned in the light of Donald Trump’s...

Notifications accelerate as TPD deadline approaches fast

Written by David Palacios Rubio || 17th November 2016 || Regulatory briefing |

Belgium
Croatia
Denmark
EU
Europe
France
Greece
Hungary
Netherlands
Romania
Scandinavia
Slovenia
Sweden
United Kingdom
Health
Policy and Politics
Regulatory briefing
Regulatory authorities across Europe are experiencing a rush of notifications as the TPD November 20th 2016 deadline...

WHO continues focusing on risk, suggests stringent regulation

Written by David Palacios Rubio || 17th November 2016 || Regulatory briefing |

World
Health
Policy and Politics
Regulatory briefing
The World Health Organization has recommended wide-ranging restrictions on the sale and promotion of electronic cigarettes, even suggesting countries should consider a total ban – and immediately come under fire for doing...

UK local governments force e-cig users to vape in smoking areas

Written by David Palacios Rubio || 16th November 2016 || Regulatory briefing |

Europe
United Kingdom
Health
Policy and Politics
Regulatory briefing
Local councils in the UK are flouting government advice by forcing e-cigarette users to vape in designated smoking areas. A request under Freedom of Information law found 87% of councils make no distinction between vaping and...

Russian State Duma close to passing new tax on e-cigarettes

Written by ECigIntelligence || 15th November 2016 || Regulatory briefing |

Russia
Policy and Politics
Regulation and Legislation
Regulatory briefing
The Indian government led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi has told the country’s component states to deal with e-cigarettes as the federal administration remains undecided on how to handle the matter....

WHO criticised for closed-door talks as COP7 gets underway

Written by ECigIntelligence || 8th November 2016 || Regulatory briefing |

Asia
India
Health
Policy and Politics
Regulatory briefing
Amid protests from local farmers, the seventh session of the Conference of Parties is underway in New Delhi with a focus on the illegal tobacco trade and Electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS) - which the WHO has been...

WHO comes under fire for “naive” report on possible harms

Written by Marc Beishon || 7th November 2016 || Regulatory briefing |

Health
Policy and Politics
Regulatory briefing
A negative report on e-cigarettes presented by the World Health Organization to the seventh session of the tobacco control conference in New Delhi has been scathingly criticised by the UK Centre for Tobacco and Alcohol Studies, which accuses...