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Vaping and the use of e-cigarettes have increased dramatically over recent years, and many companies have taken advantage of this and produced vaping products and liquids in all sorts of flavours.
Our guide will take you through the labelling and packaging requirements that all manufacturers, suppliers and retailers have to adhere to in the UK and EU. Read on below the infographic for the full story.
Note on Brexit, the Tobacco Products Directive (TPD) is an EU law and in theory, will not be in place post-Brexit, but since conformity with our biggest trading partners in Europe is desirable, the legislation will almost certainly remain in place.
What's on an E-liquid Refill Label?
E-cigarette refill liquids can be generally broken down into 2 types; with or without nicotine. As you would expect, the requirements for nicotine-free products are less stringent, and companies often sell blended aromas along with a separate nicotine bullet that is sold by a larger manufacturer to be added separately. Bottles containing nicotine are restricted to 10ml, which is not the case for nicotine-free blends.
Another consideration is the concentration of nicotine. A tactile warning label is required for products that are considered toxic, very toxic, corrosive, harmful, extremely flammable or highly flammable. The tactile warning label is a raised triangular shape that can be felt and is used to alert people with visual impairment. Nicotine at a concentration of 0.49% or over is considered harmful and toxic at 1.7% or above.
"This product contains nicotine which is a highly addictive substance" is required to be displayed prominently on the label in black, bold Helvetica font on a white background; centred within the designated area.
A bit like food and personal care labelling vaping refill liquid comes with rules and regulations that need to be adhered to; these include:-
A figure for the concentration of nicotine in the product.
A figure for the amount of nicotine in each dose.
Ingredients listing of chemicals present at above 0.1% in descending order of weight or volume.
Instructions for use.
Storage instructions and shelf life.
Clarification of intended flavours.
CLP Legislation Classification
Labelling and Packaging of substances and mixtures (CLP) is more legislation that e-liquid refills need to adhere to and warning symbols and messages are required for different concentrations. At all concentrations, "This product contains nicotine." is required. Above 3mg per ml, a warning symbol is required. Above 6mg per ml, a danger symbol is required.