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Compliance in the UAE – All you need to know

E-Cigarettes and E-Liquids only became legal for selling in the UAE as of April 2019. Up until that point sales of electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS) were illegal. ESMA (Emirates Authority for Standardization & Metrology) standards were introduced to regulate all nicotine-containing components used in E-Cigarettes, refill packages, E-Liquids and tobacco products. In the UAE, all products must go through the MoIAT (Ministry of Industry and Advanced Technology) before being sold on the market.

If you are looking to sell in the UAE and middle east market, there are many regulations to consider, all of which we can help you with.

What are the ESMA regulations?

Many of the regulations are similar to that of the UK and EU. The law regulates the safety of all components as both electrical equipment and containing hazardous substances. These regulations are in place to establish the utmost safety and quality of all E-Cigarette and E-Liquid products in the UAE.

There are many factors that are restricted due to the regulations that impact the design of products to be sold in the UAE, the manufacture and marketing of said products. These include:

  • maximum nicotine concentration is capped at 20mg/ml
  • maximum tank capacity is no more than 10ml
  • maximum capacity of refill packages is no more than 50ml
  • must display all health warnings in Arabic and English stating: “Contains nicotine which causes severe addiction, increased heart rate and high blood pressure. Nicotine is harmful to the health of pregnant and nursing women, and people suffering from chronic pulmonary diseases such as asthma and pulmonary embolism.” This must cover at least 50% of the main display area. English to appear on the lower front, Arabic on the lower back.
  • must also display a health warning in Arabic and English: “This product may pose a health hazard when inhaled, swallowed or gets in contact with the skin.”
  • must not contain a variety of harmful ingredients & additives including cinnamic compounds

What you need to know before manufacture/import

Before any E-Cigarettes or E-Liquids can be imported, manufactured or placed on the market, all products must be approved by the ESMA documentation. These satisfy the needs for:

  • reports of safety tests
  • list of full ingredients and quantities including statement specifying reason for including each ingredient
  • results of toxicology reports
  • data on nicotine doses and absorption
  • acknowledgement of manufacture/importer responsibility for quality and safety
  • descriptions for use
  • ISO 9001 certification for the manufacturing site
  • stability studies supporting product’s shelf life
  • lab reports including information on nicotine concentration, quality & safety, post-marketing and post-consumption analyses and electrical safety
  • risk assessment studies

Each item, whether E-Liquid or E-Cigarette, requires ECAS certification to ensure all of these needs are met. This is not only a lengthy process but can be quite costly to navigate with several stages for each certification and complete the appropriate paperwork. This is where Xyfil comes in.


How we can help you hit the Middle East market

“Our in-house team of compliance experts are able to perform the necessary toxicology tests and full reports required by ESMA. More critically, we are able to gather all necessary data into the format required by the MoIAT. With popular brands we manufacture like Pod Salt fast becoming one of the most popular brands in the UAE, we’re here to help bring even more premium brands to the Middle East.”

Pradip, Compliance, Xyfil.

Since the changes in 2019 that allowed for the selling of E-Cigarettes and E-Liquids in the UAE, we have been successfully manufacturing and selling products in the Middle East. With a valid UAE Industry/Trade License, we are licensed to manufacture products for UAE within the UK.

Currently, we are looking at establishing on-the-ground manufacturing facilities within the UAE to further increase our productivity. Demand for E-Liquids in the Middle East has only continued to grow and we are there to keep up with the demand. If you are looking to take your brand to the UAE, get in contact with us to see how we can help you.

As a Toll Manufacturer with ISO 9001 accreditation, we are skilled with over 10 years of experience in manufacturing, production, R&D, logistics, compliance and more. Whether you are looking to take an existing product and turn it into one for sale within the UAE, or looking to manufacture a whole new product range, we at Xyfil can help you through any and all stages.

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White Label Manufacture – From Idea to Reality

At Xyfil, we offer a range of white label manufacturing solutions to create and develop your brand, and to help your business thrive. Our professional teams are at your service, offering an extensive range of key services. These include all aspects of Branding & Design, Co-Packing, Production and Distribution. If you are looking to make your ideas a reality, let us help you get there.

Here’s everything you need to know about white label manufacture from Xyfil.


What is White Label Manufacture?

White Label products are manufactured by contract manufacturers and sold under your brand name. Here at Xyfil, we are experts in creating the product you want, and we ensure the process is as convenient as possible. You choose the packaging, labelling and design elements and we produce your products under our specifications.

Although the products are made to our specifications, your brand is in safe hands. We can boast about our award-winning nicotine salt formula and award-winning flavour department with renowned mixologists. Plus Xyfil has a proven record of 10+ years in the vaping industry.


Why choose White Label Manufacture?

As a leading OEM manufacturer, we offer white label solutions for your E-Liquid, CBD, Personal care products and more. If you have any non-edible, liquid-based product you wish to bottle, Xyfil can help. By partnering with us, we can provide your business with a range of benefits and give you a leading edge in the market.


SAVE TIME & MONEY

Time is everything and hitting the market with your brand while trends are still hot is key to making a success. With white label manufacturing we get your brand off the ground and onto shelves as quickly as possible. Benefit from fast turnaround times thanks to our experience in the industry, our ISO accreditations that ensure efficiency, and by always following GMP (Good Manufacturing Practices). 

Whether it’s selecting from our pre-made packaging, sending us your flavour concentrates, or letting us deal with compliance regulations, we can save your business time and money.  Choosing Xyfil means you can use our raw materials, ISO accredited facilities and expertise in creating award-winning brands and flavours. There’s no need to invest in your own state-of-the-art technology when we can open our doors to you.


EXPERIENCE

Take advantage of our 10+ years of experience in the industry. We’ve been here since the start of E-Liquids and E-Cigarettes hitting the UK market. Like many others we started from the ground up but established ourselves quickly as one of the leading manufacturers in the UK.

When TPD compliance hit the news and regulations began to change, Xyfil led the charge in creating the very first TPD compliant products to hit the UK market. This was thanks to our expertise and the methods in place to ensure adaptability. With dedicated teams in R&D, Compliance, Design and more, Xyfil have all the tools to get your business thriving.


COMPLIANCE

There’s nothing more daunting than paperwork so let us take care of it. Our 6-stage compliance process helps to ensure that your products adhere to market-specific regulatory standards and trade licences. We work closely with UK, EU and Middle East markets with the potential for many more international markets. Here at Xyfil we are well-versed in the compliance process with thousands of compliant products already in the market. Even when regulations change, we have the procedures in place and a dedicated compliance team, to quickly and efficiently make changes to ensure compliance.


DESIGN

Our creative studio can develop your logo, packaging, artwork, POS and marketing materials to effectively capture and communicate your brand vision. Whether you already have a basis for your desired branding, or just the base idea, our studio team will help take your brand on a visual journey and help make it stand out from the rest.


The advantages of white label

By working with us to create your white label products, you have access to: a ready-made catalogue of over 300 flavours, premium quality raw materials that are food-grade and pharma-grade, custom VG/PG ratios for shortfill products, a selection of VG/PG ratios for nicotine-containing products and more. The entire process is quality controlled to ensure the utmost safety and quality of all products that pass through our doors. This includes our FDA approved bottling solutions and full batch-traceability from ingredients to product.

Work with us to get access to premium quality goods that can take your brand to the shop floor. With many award-winning flavours and our nicotine salt formula that has quickly grown to be the number one choice for smokers looking to make the switch, Xyfil look forward to helping you make your brand a reality.

Contact us to learn more about how we can help and to get started on your journey.

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Bottling Solutions for Liquid Products

Let us help your brand take centre stage with our bespoke bottling solution. At Xyfil, we offer white label services for E-Liquids, CBD and cosmetic products but why stop there? With our 40,000m2 production facility, we can offer the ability to bottle any non-edible product. Whether that be cosmetics or other liquids, we can produce up to 2.5 million products every month. If you have got the idea let us know and we can make your concept a reality.

What we currently do

Here at Xyfil we stock a broad range of custom bottles and container sizes perfect for cosmetic products and more. Most commonly we produce E-Liquids for the vaping industry, CBD products and cosmetics. For this variety of products, we also pair the perfect bottling solutions for them.

Currently we use:

Hand Sanitisers: 30ml Gorilla Bottle, 30ml Spray bottle, 60ml Gorilla bottle, 100ml Pull Top, 500ml & 1L Hand Pump Bottle plus other sizes

Creams & Balms: 100ml Hand Pump Bottle, 60ml container, 100ml container.

All our chubby bottles are guaranteed in quality and safety due to being FDA approved.

Why you should care about your packaging

By using a holistic approach, we can provide you with tailor-made bottle types and sizes to make your product stand out in a crowd, with bottles ranging in sizes 5ml to 5ltrs and more. Partner with us and we will provide you with state-of-the-art manufacturing capabilities to create fully bespoke products.

As we are an Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM), we excel at creating bespoke products for customers using in-house production services, from conception to manufacture, to take your product from concept to reality. We tailor our individual services to your exact specifications, offering a range of services such as product design, flavour development, manufacturing, bottling, logistics and more.

You may only be looking for a bottling solution for an already existing product you’ve created, or perhaps you’re stuck on the design for your packaging; here at Xyfil we can help you at any stage of the process.

Through vigorous testing, our ISO 9001 certification, quality of raw ingredients and more, we can assure the good quality, durability and life span of our manufactured products.

Differentiating from others in the industry with your packaging can be the key to success. The look of your product is what will initially catch a customer’s attention. If something attracts the eye, they’re more likely to click/pick up your product from the crowd. So by creating product packaging that stands out you could be tapping into new potential customers.

The next step

If you’re looking to create a new product from start to finish, or perhaps looking for a manufacturer to bottle your product, we can help. With an extensive range of bottle types and sizes, and the ability to bottle 2.5 million products a month, we assure quality, quantity, and efficiency. Already we have helped bottle millions of products for other companies from E-Liquids to CBD products including lotions and balms. Let us know if you want to take the next step with us too.

Why You Should Manufacture E-Liquids in the UK

We are one of the leading UK E-Liquid, personal care products and CBD manufacturers supporting brands worldwide as their businesses develop. At Xyfil, we provide end-to-end white label manufacturing services, helping you develop your brand from conception to reality. There are many reasons why manufacturing locally can benefit you when pushing your products into the market. Here are just a few of the reasons why your should manufacture in the UK, and how Xyfil can help with them.


Why manufacture in the UK?

The UK was one of the first countries in the world to introduce legislated E-Liquid product requirements and is still at the forefront in safety and quality. The UK’s regulations for safety and quality are often seen as examples of best practice and are implemented by other countries. By choosing to manufacture your products in the UK and with Xyfil, you are guaranteeing the exceptional quality and the safety of your products.

The UK and European TPD regulations are being carried ahead for other countries as the guidelines for manufacturing E-Liquids. That just shows how well-respected UK regulations are in the market.”

– Anisha, Operations Director, Xyfil

With ISO 9001 accreditation across our laboratory facilities, manufacturing processes and equipment, we at Xyfil continue to demonstrate the ability to provide products and services that meet customer and regulatory requirements. Since the initialising of the E-Liquid regulations and TPD compliance, we at Xyfil have been leading the way in safe product development. We were one of the first UK companies that registered successfully compliant products. Local manufacturing means that we can offer reassurance and security with your products. Manufacture local means you can visit the premises and communicate easily with our teams throughout the entire process.


British-made means quality

As previously mentioned, the UK’s regulations for the manufacture and selling of nicotine-based products naturally translates to a higher calibre of quality when it comes to British-made E-Liquids, personal care and CBD products. With Xyfil you can trust the quality of the products manufactured by us. With ISO 7 clean rooms that can produce 2.5 million E-Liquids, CBD products and Personal care products every month, not only can we boast quality but efficiency.

We also include batch code testing for complete traceability throughout the entire process. Not only are we able to trace the individual ingredients used, but also the specific packaging, the stages of manufacture and even each person that works with the product throughout the process. Ensuring quality is how we create award-winning products.


Local manufacturing to Global Distribution

man in warehouse signing off packages

Whether you are looking to sell solely in the UK, arguably one of the biggest vaping markets in the world, or across the seas, Xyfil can help you there. We are well connected in the industry with retailers and distributors across the UK, continental Europe, UAE, Middle East and USA. With an option of on-site warehouse storage for businesses with limited space, we can also offer logistical support to get your products where they need to be. With 10 years of experience under our belt, we can help manage your supply chain through drop-shipping to local retailers and customers across the UK and beyond.

It’s never been easier to reach a global market than it is with Xyfil. Not only this, but we are entirely flexible to changes in the market by offering bespoke services should things change. From changes in regulations that require packaging to be re-printed, we can offer our services to amend these labels, re-label and package your products and then have them distributed back into the market.


Why you should work with Xyfil for E-Liquid Manufacture

At Xyfil we provide support to brands as seen by the dedication to our white label services. Many manufacturers in the market began with their own brand of E-Liquids first before turning to help others get a step in the E-Liquid market; but we have been supporting independent brands since the very get-go, with systems in place that help support and build others.

An important consideration for anyone selecting a manufacturing partner should always be the risk management strategy of their manufacturing partners. The pandemic has taught the world many things about being able to assess and deal with issues caused by broken trade lines. Xyfil has a well thought out risk management strategy in place for every single component in our production and we operate a preferential UK supply chain policy in which we also evaluate the risk strategies of our own suppliers before engaging with them – we have back-ups for our back-ups!

During the pandemic, Brexit and supply shortages over the last two years, our strategies have been tested and proved through these rough seas without a single day of production lost.

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Xyfil features in British Contract manufacturers & packers association.

Positive Trading, Recruitment Opportunities and Corporate Sustainability in Times of Global Uncertainty

As a leading UK manufacturer and contract packer, Xyfil Ltd was asked to feature in the September edition of our industry’s most well-respected magazine – Packaging News. 

Published by the British Contract Manufacturers and Packers Association, the BCMPA approached us to discuss recent trading in these challenging times, recruitment opportunities and corporate sustainability in the face of many global uncertainties such as Brexit and the Coronavirus pandemic. 

Please describe your business in 50 words

Xyfil is a leading UK manufacturer specialising in e-liquid, CBD and hand sanitiser products. We offer a range of manufacturing services including design and development, production, compliance, co-packing and distribution. Our Preston facility is equipped to produce 3.5 million bottles per month, delivering for local businesses and global partners.

How was business in the last 12 months?

Xyfil business has grown over the last 12 months. Our ability to pivot quickly has proved a key strength and provided resilience in the face of global and local uncertainties such as Brexit and the Coronavirus pandemic.

What markets do you operate in and are you targeting any new ones?

We operate primarily in the E-liquid market in the UK and Europe. However, we have diversified over the last six months into more generic filling and co-packaging markets. We are opening operations in the Middle East market and have been expanding on fulfilment for US clients looking to move into the UK and European markets. 

In light of the coronavirus pandemic, we began manufacturing hand sanitiser and supplying PPE to businesses, key workers and customers. Our existing infrastructure means we are able to produce and distribute hand sanitiser bottles in large quantities.

2020

In your sector, how practical is it to offer alternatives to plastic packaging? 

It is a little difficult as some of our plastic packaging requirements are driven by legislation. For example, Child Resistant and Tamperproof alternatives to small fill liquid packaging that can scale up are difficult to procure.  

However, our long-term aim is to be more environmentally sustainable and we actively look for alternatives to plastic packaging where possible. Many of our bottle types are already made from recyclable polypropylene (PP5) and we are working with our suppliers to ensure more of our products can be recycled.

How did lockdown immediately impact your business?

Most of Xyfil’s systems are cloud-based as our teams are globally located. We were fortunate that our infrastructure was already set up to allow us to transition rapidly ahead of lockdown to home working. Homeworking has proved more productive for some of our teams. The challenge has been around mental health and wellbeing as the uncertainties elevate anxiety levels. 

What impact has the pandemic had on trading?

Xyfil has been fortunate that we were able to pivot the capacity created by the slowdown in our core lines to support the fulfilment of frontline requirements such as hand sanitisers. The impact on trading has been minimal.

With rising unemployment, do you think it may be easier to recruit good staff in 2021?

Yes, without a doubt.

If you could change one thing in the industry, what would it be?

We would love to see the British Government support manufacturing and engineering in the UK more heavily. Like many filling and packaging industries, we have a heavy reliance on our machinery – much of which is produced outside of the UK. The talent and capacity in the UK to design and rapidly deliver cost-effective manufacturing equipment would help businesses like Xyfil to grow and become globally competitive.

Xyfil is a proactive purchaser of raw components from the UK but we consistently hit capacity issues with our UK manufacturing supply chain which means we have to backfill from abroad. These capacity issues indicate a lack of investment and development of the UK manufacturing sector. 

Article features Anisha Hansrod (Operations Director), Zain Patel (Business Development Manager), and Daniel Hollyman (Copywriter).

To read the full September edition of Packaging News Magazine and the online version of this article, please visit https://www.packagingnews.co.uk/digital-editions