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UK’s TPD Plans Show As Light Touch As Possible in Some Areas


The Department of Health have signalled in their response to a nine-week long consultation regarding various aspects of the TPD that they want to impose light touch regulations where possible.  

This comes not long after the Public Health England report on e-cigarettes and recognition that e-cigarettes can help some switch from tobacco by the Prime Minister. 

E cig Intelligence, a company that monitors the e-cigarette Industry, wrote about this on their website. 

That the government have allowed, ‘A transition period for products not compliant with the TPD, and will allow them to remain on sale until 20th May 2017.
Cross-border sales of e-cigarettes by foreign companies to UK consumers will continue to be permitted, with the government believing it would be “disproportionate” to ban them, and acknowledging that international sales are more important for e-cigs than for combustible tobacco products.

Nicotine-free e-liquids will not be affected by the UK’s legislation implementing the TPD, and will continue to be regulated under the General Product Safety Regulations.’ 

The reason for the light touch regulations has been put down to the amount of lobbying by consumers and Industry. 

At the same time the above response was released, the MHRA has issued their consultation on the fees to be charged to Industry for implementing the TPD.

15th January 2016, 14:48