What are the new TPD packaging and labelling rules?
Under the Tobacco Products Directive, new rules apply to the packaging and labelling of e-liquids and e-cigarettes. They include:
1) Technical standards
The nozzle of the refill container should conform to a specification i.e securely attached, at least 9 mm long and emit no more than 20 drops of e-liquid per minute when vertical.
This is based on the standard prepared by the French standards agency, AFNOR. Learn more about the standard here.
Our research on e-liquid packaging (submitted to the UK’s MHRA as part of the technical standard consultation process) offers some insight into the decisions made in establishing the standard. This is available for review to existing clients.
2) Information on the label
A certain health warning must appear on the front and back of the unit pack and container pack. The warning must be in Helvetica font and cover 30% of the surface. To view an example click here.
The warning must be one of two statements. Member States must choose which they prefer:
‘This product contains nicotine which is a highly addictive substance. It is not recommended for use by non-smokers’
‘This product contains nicotine which is a highly addictive substance.’
3) Leaflet information
A leaflet containing information such as instructions on refilling should be included with the product. Other information to be presented in the leaflet include:
- Warning for specific risk groups (e.g. heart disease sufferers, pregnant or breast feeding women).
- Possible side effects (e.g. headache, irritation of mouth)
How can we help?
Medic Pro offers services to help producers comply with the packaging and labelling requirements. We can also recommend text sizes and layouts. Contact us for more information.
To view an example health warning warning label click here.