Most of you have been reading up about the new rules of the of the TPD. But for the ones out there that don’t know I’ll be writing a short piece including the new rules and regulations.
I have requested an over the phone interview with someone from the government to ask questions but they have been ignoring my request so far, thus the following information is purely from research.
It consists of a few basic rules:
- Maximum bottle size of 10ml
- Maximum nicotine strength 20mg/ml (2%)
- Maximum cartridge/tank size of 2 ml
- Leakproof refilling mechanism
- Consistent nicotine dose from device
- Product testing and notification
I will try and explain what the rules mean and what the consumer can do to make life easier. Now as I said most of you will know all of this but some don’t so hopefully this article will reach them and help them.
Maximum bottle size of 10ml
As this suggests with the new regulations your favorite vape shop is not allowed to sell bottles larger than 10 ml. The supplier will obviously have stock left which is not TPD compliant and so most shops will have massive sales on as they have until the 20/05/2017 to sell their non TPD compliant stock.
I have already noticed that with the TPD compliant juices the prices are not going to be drastically different. Like a bottle of premium juice which used to be £15 for 30ml will now be £16-£17 for 3x10ml.
But for some this little change can be too much so DIY is always an option. There are enough companies that will offer you all the components you’ll need to start mixing, from concentrates, VG, PG, nicotine shots, and all the equipment you’ll need such as: bottles and mixing tools.
If you’re not that confident with mixing your own flavours then maybe boss-shots are the way to go, you’ll get enough mixed concentrates to the flavour of your choice that will make 250ml, 500ml, 1000ml. All you have to do is mix your VG/PG with it and desired nicotine. But if you do have any doubts never hesitate to contact your retailer.
- Nicotine free E Liquid is not affected by the TPD.
- Flavour concentrates are not affected by the TPD.
- PG and VG are not affected by the TPD.
Maximum nicotine strength 20mg/ml (2%)
The TPD regulations strictly state that liquids containing nicotine cannot (as mentioned above) be sold in bottles larger than 10ml and can’t exceed 20mg of nicotine. But I also mentioned that there will be plenty of companies selling nicotine shots so there is always the option to buy your favorite juice in 0mg and add it yourself.
Nicotine shot calculators where with some basic information you can find out how much to add to your liquid to get your desired nicotine strength.
Maximum cartridge/tank size of 2ml, Leakproof refilling mechanism, Consistent nicotine dose from device
Tanks (including RTA’s) will have a maximum capacity of 2ml.
However some manufacturers will offer you things like a extension glass which will give you 4ml instead of 2ml.
The regulations for a TPD compliant tank/RTA:
- 2ml maximum filling capacity
- Leak-free filling mechanism
- Child resistant
- Anti-breakage or shatterproof construction
Coils are required to have a demonstrably consistent aerosol output. Most manufacturers will offer TPD compliant versions of your favourite tank.
Product testing and notification
All liquid has to be tested for carbonyls and nicotine emissions. The MHRA (the authority regulating TPD in the UK) have issued guidance requesting acetaldehyde, acrolein and formaldehyde to be assessed. However, testing package for e-liquid also tests for crotonaldehyde, propionaldehyde and butyraldehyde, as these are commonly found in the aerosol and there is potential for other EU member states to ask for these to be quantified.
- Information on the nicotine dose and uptake when consumed under normal or reasonable conditions
- A description of the components
- A description of the production process and a declaration that the production process ensures conformity
- A declaration that the producer bears full responsibility for the quality and safety of the product when supplied and used under normal or reasonably conditions.
So for the manufacturer it is going to be a lot harder and more expensive to produce our beloved liquids or even mods. With all the new regulations there will be a lot of costs. To test one flavour of e-liquid can cost as much as £5000! This is one of the biggest reasons why a lot of vendors are going down and not continuing with the manufacturing of some of our beloved juices.
These new rules have the most effect on the manufacturers and the environment, with the increase in the amount of packaging. As manufacturers have been racing to produce enough material to repackage every liquid in some cases for a shortage in supply.
With regards to kits, if the kit comes with a tank then the tank would need to be 2ml for this to be compliant, however, any mod sold on it’s own is not covered and mech mods are not covered by the regulations. Unfortunately, there will be less and less loopholes as they are tightening the regulations up.
If you would like to speak up and help win the battle against the TPD please email/write to your local MP and speak your mind, whether it is about how it helped you quit smoking, or your concerns of the damage the harsh regulating vaping laws can do. Be heard! There are a few politicians on our side, let us convince the rest and let vaping save more lives.
I would like to thank Modi Watcher from Vape Locker for helping me with additional information.