TPD (Tobacco Products Directive)

The Tobacco Products Directive (TPD) comes in force tomorrow (20th of May 2016) and here’s what you need to know.

The TPD is the EU directive that tells all member states of the European Union how to control tobacco. This directive has led to changes in packaging, bans on smoking in public places and advertising. This latest version of the TPD includes a number of new regulations for electronic cigarettes.

Zero Nicotine products are not included in the TPD.

Products containing over 20mg of Nicotine will need a medical license.

New Product Rules

– Size limit for e-liquids, 10ml bottles, 2ml disposable cartridges & tanks
– All products must be child proof & tamper proof
– Health warning labels on packaging
– Require instructions for use
– Bans on certain promotional descriptors
– All substances must be declared on the label
– Manufacturers must inform Member States of new and modified products
– Introduce a registration scheme for businesses engaged in cross border distance selling
– Advertising of Electronic Cigarettes is strictly prohibited on a number of platforms

Products are allowed to be sold without compliance until the 20th of November 2016 under a transitional period. On the 20th of May 2016 all products must be fully compliant.

For more detailed information take a look at the government website below.