The VPXSL.com reported on May 9 that a file submitted by China to the World Trade Organization (WTO) may be the “electronic cigarette international standard” that the electronic cigarette industry has been waiting for so long.
The 68-page document is divided into seven chapters, including “Technical Requirements”, “Packaging”, “Product Labeling”, “Certification”, “Additives”, “Test Methods”, “Storage and Transportation” and “Other Recommendations”, etc., cover all aspects of e-cigarette products, and even specify the types of “additives” that are permitted to be used. There are also clear standards for heating materials such as ceramics.
According to foreign media news, the document mentions the technical requirements of e-cigarettes, and the structure should meet the requirements stipulated in GB 4706.1 which is the safety requirement of China National Standards Organization for household appliances and similar products. Under normal conditions, the maximum surface temperature that the device can reach will also be limited. For example, for all electronic cigarettes, the surface material temperature should not exceed 48℃ under normal condition. The document also lists restrictions on the range of impurities and contaminants. For example, the total amount of tobacco-specific nitrosamines (TSNAs) should not be higher than 50 mg/g, and the total amount of phthalates should not be higher than 60 mg/kg. In addition, alcohol, benzene, carbonyl and various types of heavy metals are also included. It will standardize manufacturers to minimize the use of additives.
Nicotine concentration conforms with TPD standards
The fourth chapter of the industry standard includes mandatory requirements for vape oil and the safety responsibility of manufacturers and importers for the quality of their products.
The article also stipulates that the purity of nicotine in tobacco oil should be “not less than 99%” and that the container should have a child-resistant structure. The proportion of nicotine in the liquid must not exceed 20 mg/ml, which is the same as the maximum concentration specified by the European Union’s Tobacco Products Directive (TPD).
On the other hand, packaging must follow the principles of “safety” and “reliability” and must comply with the “avoiding a large number of consumers from accessing to or using the product”. It should not be too fancy or attractive. The label of the e-cigarette is also specified. For example, both the vape device and the vape oil should have a clear “warning about prohibiting sales to minors” and “risk warning icon”. The label must also provide product-related information, including name, model number, manufacturer, and date of manufacture.
The industry standard also stipulates that all e-cigarette products need to comply with the prescribed “instructions for use” and “product certification.” For vape oil, the instructions should indicate the product name, manufacturer, main content, precautions and handling methods. Electronic cigarette products must also have more information on the factory model, such as content list, user manual, cleaning, and maintenance instruction.
The appendix to this document lists a total of 118 additives allowed in vape oil. Of course, it does not represent the maximum acceptable level for most compounds. However, the standard imposes restrictions on certain chemicals, such as potassium sorbate, sodium benzoate, and propionic acid.
According to the content, the guide was drafted by the National Market Regulatory Authority and the China Standardization Administration. The information that can be queried at present indicates that “the standard is still in the process of formulation and review”, and it is not known whether it will be regulated according to this standard.
The news of the foreign media has not been confirmed and confirmed, so it is impossible to determine the authenticity of the news. However, as the popularity of electronic cigarettes in the domestic market continues to rise, it is time to draft the national standards for electronic cigarettes and smoke oil that have been drafted for nearly two years. Not only can the e-cigarette industry be regulated, but consumers are also protected.
The news of the foreign media has not been confirmed yet, so it is impossible to determine the authenticity of the news. However, as the popularity of electronic cigarettes in the domestic market continues to rise, it is time to finalize the national standards for electronic cigarettes and vape oil that have been drafted for nearly two years. Not only can the e-cigarette industry be regulated, but consumers are also protected.The e-cigarette and vape liquid national standard will be respectively issued on October 11, 2017, and December 15, 2017. If calculated according to the 24-month cycle, it will be published in October 2019 and December 2019 at the latest. “China Electronic Cigarette National Standard” is not far away.