Regulatory report: Belgium, October 2021

A royal decree of 28th October 2016, transposing the European Tobacco Products Directive (TPD) into national law, ended the classification of e-cigarettes in Belgium as medical devices. The product-specific regulation includes severe restrictions in many regulatory areas.

There are currently three bills that aim to change the legal framework of e-cigarettes in Belgium. Two of them have already been introduced into the parliament, which aim to equate nicotine-free vapour products with the nicotine-containing ones, introduce plain packaging, and impose a flavour ban. The third has been notified to the EU Commission TRIS Database and aims to rewrite many articles of the royal decree that regulates e-cigarettes.

This report covers all current and possible future regulation for e-cigs in Belgium.

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Lorenzo Guaragna

Senior legal analyst
Lorenzo holds a masters degree in International Law from the University of Trento, Italy, where he specialised in aspects of European law. In 2017 he completed a six-month exchange programme with Erasmus+ in Tarragona, Spain. He has had work experience in the legal sector as an intern in a law firm and at the Court of Rovereto, Italy. He specialises in tobacco and novel nicotine products taxation, as well as traceability and security systems for tobacco products in the European Union.

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