UK Vaping Association Calls for Stricter Regulations

UK Vaping Association Calls for Stricter Regulations
The UK electronic cigarette industry faces a "glaring failure" as ELFBAR and Lost Mary products are recalled due to exceeding standard nicotine levels.

On March 22nd, the Electronic Cigarette Association of the UK announced that the withdrawal of ELFBAR and Lost Mary products with nicotine levels exceeding the legal limit demonstrated a "glaring failure" in the UK's electronic cigarette regulation framework.

John Dunne, the director general of UK Vaping Industry Association (UKVIA), has stated that it is now clear that approving e-cigarette products without compliance testing is not feasible, whether before or after approval.

He made the statement following a joint announcement from the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) and the Chartered Trading Standards Institute (CTSI) in the UK. The products recalled include ELFBAR and Lost Mary brands.

Deng En stated, 'Although we are aware that mistakes may occur, we must do everything possible to ensure they happen as little as possible. Because, as we have seen in recent weeks, the reputation of the entire industry depends on it.'

During the MHRA approval process, there should be a testing plan in place for random sampling to ensure that products not only meet requirements upon initial market entry, but also maintain these standards over time.

We still need to see authorities taking swift and decisive action upon uncovering any violations of the law, in order to quickly correct mistakes and make it clear to manufacturers, distributors and retailers what actions they need to take.

He said that from the issue of excessive e-liquid to the announcement that non-compliant products must be taken down, these controversies have caused widespread confusion within the industry and among consumers.

Deng En noted that in order to maintain public confidence in the industry, retailers, distributors, and manufacturers must be aware that any non-compliant behavior will be taken seriously.

He added: "The MHRA should seriously consider the ECID numbers of products found to be non-compliant and suspend their authorization until the issue has been truly resolved.

This also highlights the need for a universal standard for compliance testing (such as e-cigarette e-liquid).

The UKVIA has obtained the independent test results of electronic cigarette products. Concerningly, conflicting results have been observed depending on the type of test conducted.

A recent joint statement by CTSI and MHRA has stated that on February 23, they advised law enforcement officers that, in accordance with Regulation 39 of the Tobacco and Related Products Regulations (TRPRs), all non-compliant E-Liquid Flavourings, Additives and Response products must be removed from sale.

There has been further communication between ElLFBAR and MHRA to update the corrective action plan and identify more affected batches, including some of the Lost Mary products.

CTSI and MHRA are pleased to note that compliant alternative products have now arrived in the country. We continue to expect all manufacturers to act responsibly and will promptly share any further information received with enforcement officials.

The joint statement additionally states that:

There is no evidence to suggest that using the ELFBAR or LostMary products, which have been overfilled with e-juice, poses a greater health risk during normal use.

The vigilance required in Article 39 is specifically applicable to non-compliant and unsafe products.

Products that do not meet requirements are not permitted to be sold to consumers.

If batches of products that do not meet requirements are still on the shelves, whether action should be taken is determined by the priorities, competitive demands, and available resources in the local area.

It said the affected batches are as follows:

Previous notice:

ELFBAR 600s with the following batch numbers: ep0i7693, ep020398, ep020250, ep019749, ep020257, ep019746, ep020120, ep020394, ep019893, ep019894.

Other Batches:

MaryBM600 has gone missing.

Taste: Watermelon, apple, kiwi, passionfruit, pomegranate, cotton candy ice cream, strawberry ice cream, blueberry sour raspberry.

Batch Numbers: LP017641, LP018253, LP019438, LP019923, LP020487, LP021149.

Mary QM600 has gone missing.

Taste: Grape and Cola.

Batch: LP017906 and LP016850.

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