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Article 20 of the Tobacco Products Directive

 As you may have recently seen in the news, the e-cigarette industry is now regulated in the UK and across the EU. The Tobacco Products Directive (TPD) is an updated version of an EU directive. The main goal of these regulations is to promote product safety and to make consumers aware that they are purchasing products that contain nicotine. In addition to this, the regulations are in place to ensure that only people over 18+ are purchasing and using e-cigarettes and e-cigarette related products.


The Tobacco Products Directive (TPD) introduces new rules for nicotine-containing electronic cigarettes and refill containers (Article 20). MHRA (Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency) is responsible for implementing the majority of provisions under Article 20 and has been designated as the competent authority for the notification scheme for e-cigarettes and refill containers in the UK.


The TPD introduces new rules which ensure:

  • minimum standards for the safety and quality of all e-cigarettes and refill containers (otherwise known as e-liquids)
  • that information will be provided to consumers so that they can make informed choices
  • an environment that protects children from starting to use these products.


The new requirements:

  • restrict e-cigarette tanks to a capacity of no more than 2ml
  • restrict the maximum volume of e-liquid for sale in one refill container to 10ml
  • restrict e-liquids to a nicotine strength of no more than 20mg/ml
  • require nicotine-containing products or their packaging to be child resistant and tamper evident
  • ban certain ingredients including colourings, caffeine and taurine
  • include new labeling requirements and warnings
  • require all e-cigarettes and e-liquids be notified to MHRA before they can be sold