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.

Nicotine washing-up - Flickr - Darren Tunnicliff

E-liquids: are they as dangerous as European regulators think?

29th July 2014 | Regulatory briefing |

EU
Europe
Regulation and Legislation
Regulatory briefing

Could handling e-liquid really be as safe as doing the dishes?

European regulations on classification, labelling and packaging (CLP) have been wrongly categorising nicotine as extremely toxic when it should be considered the equivalent of washing-up liquid, a new report claims.

Swedish pharma regulator granted control over e-cigs

23rd July 2014 | Regulatory briefing |

Europe
Sweden
Regulation and Legislation
Regulatory briefing

A Swedish court has upheld attempts by the country’s medical products regulator to treat nicotine-containing e-cigarettes as pharmaceuticals, meaning that they must go through a licensing process and cannot be sold in outlets such as groceries and convenience stores.

Many UK pharmacists will sell e-cigs to kids, survey finds

4th July 2014 | Regulatory briefing |

Europe
United Kingdom
Marketing and Retailing
Policy and Politics
Regulatory briefing

Almost three out of four independent UK pharmacies failed to stop under-age consumers attempting to purchase an e-cigarette, according to a new investigation from two UK governmental bodies, Public Health England and the Trading Standards Institute (TSI).

FDA, WHO petitioners advised to focus on public health

2nd July 2014 | Regulatory briefing |

Africa
Asia
Australasia
Europe
North America
South America
United States
World
Policy and Politics
Regulation and Legislation
Regulatory briefing

Comments to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on its proposed e-cigarette regulations should focus on public health and skip business issues, an industry organisation has advised.

WHO told to remember links with tobacco, make tough policy

18th June 2014 | Regulatory briefing |

Africa
Asia
Australasia
EU
Europe
North America
South America
United States
Health
Policy and Politics
Regulation and Legislation
Regulatory briefing

Battle lines are drawing up around the World Health Organization (WHO) as it prepares to formulate policy on e-cigarettes which will powerfully influence most countries’ domestic regulation.

European elections threaten political quagmire for TPD

30th May 2014 | Regulatory briefing |

EU
Europe
Policy and Politics
Regulatory briefing

The process of drawing up detailed rules on e-cigarettes to implement the new European Tobacco Products Directive (TPD) could become mired in political disagreements, following a European Parliament election which has fragmented power in Brussels.

WHO told to go easy on e-cigs, consider health benefits

29th May 2014 | Regulatory briefing |

Africa
Asia
Australasia
Europe
North America
South America
Health
Policy and Politics
Regulatory briefing

The World Health Organization (WHO) has been urged to adopt a gentle touch on regulation of e-cigarettes in a letter this week signed by more than 50 nicotine science and public health specialists, apparently hoping to head off the prospect of tobacco-style rules.

E-cigs vs NRT: the real findings behind the media headlines

27th May 2014 | Regulatory briefing |

Europe
United Kingdom
Health
Regulatory briefing

Robust evidence for e-cigarettes’ effectiveness as aids to smoking cessation effectiveness has until now been sparse. But that may have changed, if the conclusions of a large study published in the journal Addiction prove to be correct in the long term.

Laying down the law: regulation to dominate industry confabs

14th May 2014 | Business briefing , Regulatory briefing |

EU
Europe
France
North America
Poland
United Kingdom
United States
Virginia
Companies
Health
Market Research
Policy and Politics
Regulation and Legislation
Technology and Innovation
Business briefing
Regulatory briefing

E-cigarettes are on the agenda for a host of trade and professional conferences over the coming weeks, reflecting the urgent need for understanding of new regulatory measures as well as the sector’s development and improving scientific knowledge about the products.

New FDA rules and Europe’s directive: how do they compare?

25th April 2014 | Business briefing , Regulatory briefing |

EU
Europe
North America
United States
Marketing and Retailing
Policy and Politics
Regulation and Legislation
Technology and Innovation
Business briefing
Regulatory briefing

The new regulations for e-cigarettes proposed yesterday by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) are the second major regulatory framework for the products to appear in two months, following the European Union’s release of its revised Tobacco Products Directive (TPD) earlier this year. How do the two compare in key areas?

EU will not publish detailed guidance on TPD e-cig rules

23rd April 2014 | Regulatory briefing |

EU
Europe
Health
Policy and Politics
Regulation and Legislation
Regulatory briefing

The European Union (EU) does not plan to issue detailed guidance on how e-cigarette regulations in the recent Tobacco Products Directive (TPD) should be interpreted, according to a source close to the EU’s Directorate General for Health and Consumer Affairs (SANCO)

Could EU directive be a model
for U.S. treatment of e-cigs?

16th April 2014 | Business briefing , Regulatory briefing |

EU
Europe
United States
Policy and Politics
Regulation and Legislation
Business briefing
Regulatory briefing

The European Parliament’s new rules on e-cigarettes in the Tobacco Products Directive (TPD) have grabbed the attention of key members of the U.S. Senate, generating mixed reactions on whether it should influence the efforts of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to regulate the products.

WHO “considering treating
e-cigarettes as tobacco”

14th April 2014 | Business briefing , Regulatory briefing |

Africa
Asia
Australasia
Europe
North America
Russia
South America
Marketing and Retailing
Policy and Politics
Regulation and Legislation
Business briefing
Regulatory briefing

The man who leads the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) at the World Health Organization (WHO) wants to see e-cigarettes brought into the international agreement, according to a news report today.