Regulatory reports / Europe

All of our full-length regulatory reports that cover Europe can be found on this page. These reports provide a detailed and comprehensive overview of individual European countries’ regulations and restictions in relation to e-cigs. In addition to a general outline of the regulatory landscape for the country, more specific regulations such as product restrictions or taxation are also covered.

Sweden’s new e-cig law transposes TPD

21st July 2017 | Regulatory reports |

Europe
Sweden
Health
Policy and Politics
Regulation and Legislation
Regulatory reports

E-cigarettes are regulated in Sweden by the Act on Electronic Cigarettes and Refill Containers (2017/425), which came into force on 1st July 2017. It transposed the EU’s Tobacco Products Directive (TPD) into Swedish legislation. Non-nicotine products are currently not regulated.

Ireland: how TPD regulations apply in the Emerald Isle

14th June 2017 | Regulatory reports |

EU
Europe
Ireland
Heated tobacco
Regulation and Legislation
Regulatory reports

The interpretation of the European TPD by the Irish Department of Health has resulted in a slightly more restrictive stance towards e-cigarettes in the Republic of Ireland than in the neighbouring UK, but there is no nationwide ban on public vaping and nicotine-free liquids are unaffected by the regulations.

Poland: a stringent approach to vapour products

8th June 2017 | Regulatory reports |

EU
Europe
Poland
Regulation and Legislation
Regulatory reports

ECigIntelligence brings you updated detail on the state of Polish regulation of e-cigarette products following transposition of the EU Tobacco Products Directive into national law, and reports on how the rules are being enforced in practice.

Austria: restrictions go beyond TPD requirements

7th June 2017 | Regulatory reports |

Austria
EU
Europe
Regulation and Legislation
Regulatory reports

Austrian legislation regulates both nicotine-free and nicotine-containing product, going further than the TPD, with online sales banned and both advertising and vaping in public places heavily restricted.

Italy: minimum restrictions but tax on e-cigs with nicotine

19th May 2017 | Regulatory reports |

Europe
Italy
Marketing and Retailing
Policy and Politics
Regulation and Legislation
Regulatory reports

The Italian government has implemented the minimum level of restrictions required by the European Union’s (EU’s) Tobacco Products Directive (TPD). A tax of €0.393 (0.438 USD) per millilitre is imposed on all e-cig products that contain nicotine.

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.

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.