2024 Updates on Tobacco and Related Product Regulations

The regulatory landscape of the vaping industry continues to evolve with each passing day. Recent changes to the Tobacco and Related Product Regulations have stirred things up again for industry stakeholders, bringing about several adjustments they must adapt to. This article provides an overview of the new alterations across different countries.

Belgium update

Belgium, for one, has made notable adjustments to its regulations. To start with, there is an increase in the TPD fees from €165 to €200 per SKU. Additionally, annual fees of €50 per SKU kick in from this year. But it’s not just about the fees — the product labels have undergone certain changes too.

A product label can now contain the flavour of the product, in Helvetica font, only once and it should not exceed a maximum size of 10. When notifying a product, the name may only contain one word to describe the flavour. Also, the leaflet accompanying the product must now have instructions in three national languages – French, German, and Dutch. These instructions must touch base on usage and storage, warnings for specific risk groups, possible adverse effects, and other relevant information about the product.

Iceland update

Meanwhile, Iceland is taking a page out of the European Union’s rulebook. The country will now limit the sizes of tanks and refills to the same standard as the EU; tanks of 2 ml and refills of 10 ml. Previously, larger devices with over 2ml capacity were allowed. This new regulation takes effect from 1 February, and while already notified products can be sold until 31 May, there is a stark prohibition on importing such products from 1 February onwards.

Latvia update

Latvia, on the other hand, has taken a somewhat drastic measure against flavoured E-Cigarettes and E-Liquids. As of 1 January 2025, any flavoured E-Cigarettes and E-Liquids (barring tobacco flavour) will be banned in the country. Retailers can, however, continue to sell these products until the end of 2024. These amendments to the Tobacco Law will come into force in mid-February.

The diverse and frequent changes to vaping industry regulations continue to keep the industry on its toes, underlining the importance for businesses to stay informed and prepared to adapt. As these regulations vary significantly from one country to another, it is instrumental for industry players to stay up-to-date with these changes in order to thrive in this dynamic market.