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 Tobacco Products Directive 2014/14/EU (TPD)

Date: 2017-05-20

The Tobacco Products Directive 2014/14/EU (TPD) introduced new rules for nicotine-containing electronic cigarettes and refill containers (Article 20) from May 2016. MHRA is the competent authority for the notification scheme for e-cigarettes and refill containers in the UK and is responsible for implementing the majority of provisions under Article 20.

The TPD introduced new rules which ensure:

  • minimum standards for the safety and quality of all e-cigarettes and refill containers (otherwise known as e-liquids)

  • that information is provided to consumers so that they can make informed choices

  • an environment that protects children from starting to use these products.

The new requirements:

  • restrict e-cigarette tanks to a capacity of no more than 2ml

  • restrict the maximum volume of e-liquid for sale in one refill container to 10ml

  • restrict e-liquids to a nicotine strength of no more than 20mg/ml

  • require nicotine-containing products or their packaging to be child-resistant and tamper evident

  • ban certain ingredients including colourings, caffeine and taurine

  • include new labelling requirements and warnings

  • require all e-cigarettes and e-liquids be notified to MHRA before they can be sold