Regulatory briefing / Europe

This page covers all of our European regulatory news briefings. These include all stories relating to individual European countries, as well as more general updates and briefings from the continent as a whole. These range from changes and developments in legislation and restrictions to new proposals and policy developments.

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Long-term health effects: the good news and the bad news

15th February 2017 | Regulatory briefing |

United Kingdom
United States
World
Health
Regulatory briefing

Two new real-world studies of the (relatively) long-term health effects of vaping come to very different conclusions: one very positive about reduced cancer danger, the other sounding a warning about possible cardiovascular implications.

Four to go as Sweden announces draft bill to transpose TPD

9th February 2017 | Regulatory briefing |

Croatia
Cyprus
Europe
Slovenia
Spain
Sweden
Policy and Politics
Regulation and Legislation
Regulatory briefing

Sweden, one of the last five countries to transpose Article 20 of the European Union’s Tobacco Products Directive (TPD), has announced draft legislation to bring the country into line with the rest of the EU on e-cigarettes

European court will consider challenge to EU snus ban

27th January 2017 | Regulatory briefing |

EU
Europe
Sweden
United Kingdom
Regulation and Legislation
Regulatory briefing

A challenge to the UK’s snus ban has been sent to the European Court of Justice (ECJ) in Luxembourg, where judges could decide to overturn the entire EU’s prohibition on the powdered tobacco product.

Portugal halves e-liquid tax rate blamed for vape store closures

13th January 2017 | Regulatory briefing |

Europe
Portugal
Policy and Politics
Regulation and Legislation
Regulatory briefing

Portugal looks set to cut the tax on nicotine e-liquids by 50%, from €0.60/ml ($0.70) to €0.30/ml ($0.35) in its budget for 2017.
The country currently has the highest rate of tax on e-juices of all the European member states, something that has been blamed for the drastic drop in the number of vape stores in the country.

ECigIntelligence online tutorial makes sense of UK advertising law

12th January 2017 | Marketing & retailing , Regulatory briefing |

EU
United Kingdom
Companies
Regulation and Legislation
Marketing & retailing
Regulatory briefing

ECigIntelligence has launched a series of professional e-learning courses about key developments in the e-cigarette sector. The first online tutorial tells you all you need to know about e-cigarette advertising in the UK following the implementation of the European Tobacco Products Directive (TPD).

Malta lays down the law: no vaping in cars carrying under-16s

5th January 2017 | Regulatory briefing |

Europe
Malta
Health
Policy and Politics
Regulation and Legislation
Regulatory briefing

The smallest country in the European Union has taken a lead in attempting to clear up a common ambiguity in e-cigarette regulation by making it specific that a law against smoking in cars when a child is present applies equally to vaping.

2016 in e-cigarettes – rapid change, new regulation, and some shocks

30th December 2016 | Regulatory briefing |

Asia
Australasia
Australia
Canada
China
Denmark
England
EU
Europe
Germany
Indonesia
Japan
Malaysia
North America
Philippines
United Kingdom
United States
Vietnam
Wales
World
Companies
Health
Marketing and Retailing
Policy and Politics
Regulation and Legislation
Technology and Innovation
Regulatory briefing

May 2016 brought the two biggest regulatory developments in the short history of the e-cigarette so far. But the U.S. deeming regulations and European TPD were far from the only stories brought to you by ECigIntelligence in another year of rapid change…

France reduces TPD notification fees and relaxes calendar 

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 May.

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

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 encouragement.

UK asks EU to clarify TPD rules on maximum tank size

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 tanks.

Belgian Federal Parliament

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

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 Le Moniteur is the ban on distance sales (e.g. online or by phone) of e-cig and e-liquids. The […]