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France: post-TPD rules get some needed clarification

18th May 2017 | Regulatory reports |

EU
France
Regulation and Legislation
Regulatory reports

One of the world’s largest e-cigarette markets, France has transposed the European TPD in several pieces of legislation, starting with the Health Law plus decrees and ordinances with more detailed product specific regulation for e-cigarettes.

Hardware notification in Denmark: questions answered

12th May 2017 | Regulatory reports |

Denmark
Europe
Policy and Politics
Regulation and Legislation
Regulatory reports

From 7th June 2017, all e-cig products launched in Denmark must meet the new requirements for notification and ones that don’t must be removed from the market. As the transitional period is approaching, questions concerning hardware notification are being raised by many of our subscribers. This guide aims to clarify any particularities you may face in the process of hardware notification.

Online tutorial: EU packaging regulation and UK interpretations

28th April 2017 | E-learning , Regulatory reports |

EU
Europe
United Kingdom
Marketing and Retailing
Regulation and Legislation
E-learning
Regulatory reports

There are strict laws around the labelling and packaging of e-cigarette products in Europe. But the EU legislation concerning this has been interpreted and imposed in different ways across different member states. These variations can make producing legally packaged products for Europe a challenging business. This online tutorial will guide you through the key points of legislation.

Smoking v vaping

New Zealand research adds weight to the relative harm argument

19th April 2017 | Regulatory reports |

Australasia
New Zealand
United Kingdom
Public Health and Medicine
Regulatory reports

Researchers in New Zealand have produced a paper comparing the relative health risks of e-cigs and smoking which they hope will add more information to the limited pool the authorities are dipping into to guide the making of regulations.

Estonia: online ban, taxes on the way

18th April 2017 | Regulatory reports |

Estonia
Europe
Regulation and Legislation
Regulatory reports

While The Tobacco Act classes e-cigarettes as tobacco-related products, Estonia’s government is considering a draft amendment to that bill that could see domestic online sales may be banned in 2019. Currently, e-liquid is not taxed, but that is likely to change in 2018, when e-liquids could be taxed at the rate of €0.2 per millilitre.

Lithuania: restrictions in line with TPD

6th April 2017 | Regulatory reports |

EU
Europe
Lithuania
Regulation and Legislation
Regulatory reports

Our guide to Lithuania’s amended Tobacco law, which came into force on 20th May 2016, transposing the European TPD and imposing various legal restrictions on vaping products.

Romania: tax unchanged, advertising restricted

30th March 2017 | Regulatory reports |

Europe
Romania
Regulation and Legislation
Regulatory reports

In this March 2017 report, we see that Romania has transposed the Tobacco Products Directive (TPD). There is a tax on some e-cigarette products, but vaping is still allowed in most public places.

TPD is being transposed as UK plans to leave the EU

15th March 2017 | Regulatory reports |

England
Europe
Northern Ireland
Scotland
United Kingdom
Wales
Regulation and Legislation
Regulatory reports

In this March 2017 report on the UK market, we find that there is currently no national legal restriction on the public usage of e-cigarettes in the United Kingdom. Variations in interpretation of the TPD include a modification of the six month standstill period for launching new products, while Tank size limits for new products is 2ml and applies to all tanks, regardless of whether they contain nicotine when sold.

Hungary opens for vaping trade, but with stiff restrictions

10th March 2017 | Regulatory reports |

Europe
Hungary
Policy and Politics
Regulation and Legislation
Regulatory reports

Hungary has finally opened its market for sale of nicotine e-cigarettes by adopting changes to its national tobacco laws and aligning them with TPD standards. Nevertheless, Hungarian regulation remains among the most severe in Europe. Enforcement of the ban on cross-border and online sales is very efficient, making it almost impossible to buy vaping products online in Hungary. Hungary is also one of the few EU states to have banned flavours.

EU flags, Brussels

European e-cig product notifications expected to top 140,000

27th February 2017 | Regulatory reports |

Bulgaria
Croatia
Cyprus
Estonia
EU
Europe
Finland
France
Germany
Italy
Latvia
Lithuania
Poland
Portugal
Spain
United Kingdom
Regulation and Legislation
Regulatory reports

Europe’s e-cigarette manufacturers and importers had submitted more than 70,000 individual products to the European Union Common Entry Gate (EU-CEG) by the end of 2016 – and that number is expected to have rapidly doubled.

Impacts of regulatory changes on the global e-cigarette market

20th February 2017 | Regulatory reports |

EU
Europe
North America
United States
Regulation and Legislation
Regulatory reports

Is regulation always a bad thing for the vapour industry? In a report based on a presentation given to industry experts in Washington, ECigIntelligence’s international legal analyst Pablo Cano Trilla weighs up the evidence for and against.

Portugal halves tax on nicotine e-liquids

1st February 2017 | Regulatory reports |

Europe
Portugal
Regulation and Legislation
Regulatory reports

Portugal’s 2016 Tobacco Law fully transposed the TPD. A further bill is expected later this year which seeks to ban vaping within five metres of windows or an entrance to health institutions and pharmacies, places primarily intended for people under 18 and educational institutions, irrespective of the students’ age.

Germany: post-TPD regulation

13th January 2017 | Regulatory reports |

EU
Europe
Germany
Regulation and Legislation
Regulatory reports

The future of e-cigarette regulation in Germany is becoming clearer since the transposition of the European Tobacco Products Directive (TPD), but the country’s separate states still have some autonomy is setting the rules.

Belgium: end of medical regulation, new consumer regime imminent

6th December 2016 | Regulatory reports |

Belgium
Europe
Regulation and Legislation
Regulatory reports

The new Belgian law, transposing the TPD, comes into force in January 2017. It will end the classification of e-cigarettes as medical devices and impose severe restrictions, including an online sales ban as well as product, packaging, labelling and advertising restrictions.