Plenty of what we hear and read online about the TPD is purely stipulation.
It can often be confusing to actually get a straight answer from many sources of information, especially when domestic and international media channels are all spewing different things.
But what are the actual facts?
As we currently know it, the primary requirements of the TPD Article 20 are summarised below:
- Manufacturers and importers must submit a technical dossier to the relevant authorities (the MHRA in the UK) for each product.
- A nicotine-containing liquid will have a maximum strength of 20 mg/mL.
- Additives are highly restricted.
- Refill bottles are limited to 10 mL, and pre-filled refill tanks and cartridges are limited to 2 mL.
- Advertising is heavily restricted.
- There are some restrictions on cross-border sales.
- Retailers and manufacturers are required to share market data and trends with the competent authority.
- Where sufficient robust data becomes available, member states may effectively ban individual products.
A technical dossier must also be prepared and submitted to the MHRA.
This will include the full chemical composition of each e-liquid product, a complete set of toxicological data and a risk assessment that will also be included for each compound inside the liquid.
Although many believe that some points could be seen as unjust treatments on the vaping community, this is certainly a huge step forward in providing safer liquids and ensuring that products are made in an environment that all consumers can be happy with.