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New Progressive Vaping Laws in the Philippines Welcomed

Vaping regulations change each year and differ around the globe. Some countries offer much tighter restrictions than others, and some regulations change to the detriment of vapers. However, the recent moves from the Philippines government have been welcomed by vaping activists.

Earlier in the year, legislation was proposed to make changes to the vaping laws in the country, and as of July 25, the bill became law.

What is the updated law for vaping now?

The most important takeaway from the updated law is that it legitimizes the use of vapes as a means for quitting smoking. This helps put the Philippines in line with most of Europe, setting them apart as one of the very few Asian countries to have reasonable vaping regulations.

The new laws allow for nicotine strengths of up to 65mg/ml (6.5%) and lowers the legal age of purchase from 21 to 18. These of course offer great benefits for customers who feel the need for higher strengths and help introduce aid for smokers aged 18-21.

In the Philippines, the legal age for buying cigarettes had always been 18 meaning that until this legislation changed, young smokers had at least 3 years of smoking before being able to legally purchase vapes. The hope is therefore that these changes will help 16 million smokers in the country, including the youngest adult smokers.

These changes also include restrictions on where vaping products can be sold and penalties for stores and online retailers for selling to minors. In a move similar to the UK and Europe, they have also restricted advertising with social media influencers and celebrities.

Another slight change to the laws revolves around flavours. Although the law does not ban flavours outright (a ban on flavours other than menthol and tobacco already exists), it prohibits labels and advertising that use flavour descriptors that may appeal to minors. This includes wording such as those relating to fruit, candy, desserts or cartoon characters.

One of the biggest changes is the change in the authority of who manages vaping. Rather than the FDA, the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) will have control over the regulations on vaping and heated tobacco products.

The politics behind the changes

At the time of the bill first being introduced, there were some parties who disagreed with the proposed changes including the Philippines Department of Health. However, the FDA had previously angered many after it was revealed that American billionaire Michael Bloomberg attempted to influence Philippines policies with money sent to anti-vaping groups.

The bill was also under review at the same time as the presidency began to change hands, suggesting that possibly it flew under the radar.

Here's hoping that the Philippines continue to trial the new regulations and allow time for them to work, without bending under opposition that aims to oppress vaping as a quit-smoking tool.

The impact of the law changes on manufacturers and brands

As part of the improved regulations, the importation, manufacture, sale, packaging and distribution have also been overhauled. These have been brought in line with internationally accepted standards. But there are still some regulations that brands need to be aware of if they wish to take their products to the Philippines.

For one, the flavour ban restricts vape products to menthol and tobacco flavours only. These also cannot be labelled with fruity/candy/dessert names. Therefore, brands should be careful of product labels, flavour names and flavour descriptions.

Although some tobacco flavours may have naturally fruity tones, they should not be used as a descriptor. With the change of the legal vaping age from 21 to 18, age restriction labels on products will also require updating.

How Xyfil can help E-Liquid brands as a Toll Manufacturer

We pride ourselves in being able to help you through any and every step of the process, from concept to shelf. Whether you’re new to the business and want to take your first steps into creating an E-Liquid brand, looking for an E-Liquid manufacturer in the UK to develop your products, or have an existing product that needs some re-work. We’re here to help.

Our services cover all aspects of manufacturing, including white label and OEM, and compliance. We offer expert teams who can develop unique flavours, manufacture and produce your E-Liquids, bottle and label your products, and even offer a creative studio that can develop/update packaging, labels, logos and POS.

As a leading E-Liquid manufacturer in the UK, Xyfil has the trust of the many brands we have already helped take to market in the UK, EU and overseas. Get in contact with us today to see how we can help you.

British Manufacturer for E-Liquids & CBD

A leading E-Liquid and CBD manufacturer in the UK.

Why should you choose Xyfil for your manufacturing needs? There are a lot of reasons why we make a great fit for those looking to start an E-Liquid or CBD brand. We’ve already helped hundreds of brands take their products to market, including several award-winning names (Pod Salt, Cali Greens and more) that continue be recognised by the industry.

Here are a few of the reasons why you should choose Xyfil for your manufacturing needs.

ISO & GMP certified

Xyfil is one of the very few British E-Liquid manufacturers that has not only been ISO 9001 certified, but GMP certified also. This is a massive step for us in showcasing our commitment to quality and safety.

ISO 9001 sets out the criteria for a quality management system and is a certified standard used by all good quality manufactures. This standard is based on several management principles used to ensure quality. These include: a strong customer focus, motivation, and involvement of top management, plus processes for continual improvement.

ISO 9001 certification ensures that companies provide customers with consistent, good quality products and services. As a manufacturing company, we at Xyfil are proud of our ISO 9001 accreditation as it shows we are consistently pushing to provide our customers with only the very best.

GMP (Good Manufacturing Practice) is often used by many manufacturers as a guideline system for ensuring that products are consistently produced and controlled according to quality standards. It is designed to minimise risks involved in production that cannot be eliminated by testing the final product.

Most companies use this, but few are GMP certified. We have gone the extra mile to ensure that our customers can have the utmost peace of mind with us, and have been certified to GMP standards, showcasing our continued effort in providing the very best possible.

Quality assurance with full traceability

We ensure that your products are in safe hands whether they are manufactured here or delivered to us ready to be bottled and labelled. There are a variety of ways we do this following our ISO and GMP practices, but also through our full traceability process.

At Xyfil, we like to make sure that from start to finish, we have full accountability for every aspect. This includes supply chains and ingredients, to manufacturing and production work, all the way to the creative studio designs and eventual dispatch from our doors. Every step of the way is tracked so that should any errors occur, we can quickly and efficiently find the point of issue and correct it with as little impact on the product as possible.

Versatile toll manufacturing

Xyfil not only offers white label manufacturing and OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer), but we also operate as a Toll Manufacturer. This essentially means that at whatever point in the process you may require work, we are able to help. Not all who are in the market for a E-Liquid or CBD manufacturer in the UK require the full manufacturing process.

Some may only need the ability to bottle their products, or need the creative aspects such as logos, POS, packaging & labelling. There are some who are looking for help with regarding compliance testing of products to ensure they meet market regulations. No matter the scale of your products or business, no matter the step of manufacturing you are currently in, Xyfil can help.

Bottling

Already have a formulation ready for bottling, but don’t have the means to do so? We can offer our bottling services for any non-edible liquid including E-Liquids, CBD, hand sanitiser and more. With a wide range of bottle solutions that cover many of the industry standard sizes and shapes for E-Liquids, CBD and cosmetic products, there is a bottle/container for everything.

Creative studio

Work with us on your branding, product labels, product packaging and more. Our in-house creative studio is able to offer white label and OEM solutions for your brand. With experts in all things creative, we are able to effectively create stunning product & packaging designs, full media kits including web content, and POS for stores.

Compliance

Seeking regulatory compliance can be tricky and time-consuming, but we make it as simple as possible. Our in-house compliance team are here to help you make sure your products are market-specific and meet the trade licenses of the country you wish to sell in. This includes both E-Liquid and CBD. We are uniquely experienced in securing regulatory approval in the UK, EU and across many international markets including the Middle East.

Adaptable, capable, sustainable

In a market as ever-changing as the vaping industry, it is important to remain versatile and adaptable to changes. Vaping regulations often change around the globe with some having long-standing effects. To be able to remain present as a brand, under these situations can be daunting but it is something that we strive to work with. Whether it be flavour bans, limits on nicotine strength or E-Liquid capacities, Xyfil is capable of rectifying such changes.

Seen before in the application of the TPD regulations in the UK and EU, Xyfil was among the very first to update product lines to create compliant products that were immediately back on shelves for consumers.

Whether regulatory changes mean a flavour ban on all things other than tobacco, Xyfil offer a wide range of tobacco flavours in our white label packages, or new regulations on nicotine-containing products, we are able to adapt and are capable of meeting the new demands quickly and efficiently.

If you think that Xyfil would be a great fit for you, contact us today to find out exactly how we can help you.

Malaysia Vape Tax to Hit E-Liquid Hard

The Malaysian tax on nicotine E-Liquid

Last year, the Malaysian government decided that vaping needed to become more regulated due to its increasing popularity. Along with the sudden Tobacco and Smoking Control Bill approved July 13, 2022, that bans the sale of vape products to those born after 2005, they are going ahead with their planned tax increase on nicotine-containing products including nicotine-free E-Liquids. Originally the new taxation on E-Liquids was due to take effect on January 1st 2022 but was delayed due to complaints from consumers and the vaping industry.

The plans would see the price of vaping products triple their current prices.

Currently vaping products that contain nicotine are not legally allowed for sale in Malaysia. At first vapers rejoiced at hearing the government’s plans to legalise and regulate vaping, however, the cost may be too great. The current tax rate on nicotine-free products is RM 0.40, but with the tax hike, it will go up to 1.20 RM per millilitre. That’s around an extra $17 on a 60ml bottle of E-Liquid.

How popular is vaping in Malaysia?

Originally, vaping was seen as a niche market in Malaysia however since then there are approximately 1.12 million vapers in Malaysia and is touted to continue to grow. 94% of these were previous smokers, a number that should be celebrated considering the reduction in harm by swapping to vaping. Not only this but there are more than 3,300 businesses related to the vaping industry, and so feeding the growth is likely to grow the economy and potentially invite foreign direct investment (FDI). Data collected in 2021 suggested that 80% of Malaysian people are in favour of regulations being introduced for vape products.

However, all of these great things can be hindered by the wrong sort of regulations.

Problems with the proposed vape tax going forward

One of the problems with this tax hike on vaping products means that incredibly, E-Liquids will become more expensive than cigarettes. Considering that vaping is generally agreed on being much less harmful than smoking, the fact that vaping products will be taxed harsher than cigarettes has many rightly concerned.

Similarly, there are worries that because of the sharp increase in price that manufacturers and retailers will have to make decisions on, put these legal products at odds with the much cheaper, black market products. Due to the legal state of nicotine-containing products in Malaysia, a black market has arisen to cater for the needs of vapers who want these products. With the increase in prices of vaping products which will see them become more of a luxury item, those using vaping to quit smoking could possibly quit vaping and re-take up smoking or purchase the much cheaper black market options. Neither are ideal.

This is not to say that regulations are a bad thing, on the contrary, we’ve seen that regulations can be beneficial. They help to establish a safe vaping market with products that are intended to help reduce harm. As seen by us here in the UK, our vaping regulations are some of the strictest in the world and yet it has allowed the vaping industry here to flourish.

In the case of the Malaysian government, an open conversation needs to be had between the governing bodies and representatives from the industry. Establishing regulations is ideal but ensuring that those regulations are fair and just, is a must to avoid creating more harm than good.

What do you think, should Malaysia opt for similar regulations to that in the UK?

German Tobacco Tax Impacts E-Liquids Per ml

Back in 2011, the German Bundestag made a sudden amendment to the Tobacco Tax Act in an effort to modernise it. This resulted in an increase in tax for tobacco-containing products. But as of the 1st of July 2022, E-Cigarettes and E-Liquids, even those that do not contain nicotine, will also be subject to tobacco taxation.

The reform of the Tobacco Tax Act

On the 11th of June 2021, the German Bundestag made amendments to their Tobacco Tax Act with the Tobacco Tax Modernisation Act (TabStMoG). Originally it had been put forward that April but after various meetings, the Finance Committee further tightened the planned changes. The changes were aimed at increasing the tobacco tax for conventional cigarettes, cigars, cigarillos and fine-cut tobacco, as well as heated tobacco and water pipe tobacco.

All of this, of course, is in aid of trying to meet the EU's demand for becoming smoke-free. Therefore, as of 2022, smokers will have to pay more rising to 10 cents per pack, with a further 10 cents being added each year until 2025 and 2026 when it will increase to 15 cents per pack.

The new update to include E-Cigarettes & nicotine-free products

The new changes also dictated the future of E-Cigarettes in Germany. At the time of the amendments, it was mentioned that E-Cigarettes and nicotine-free products would be included in the future. And as of 1st July 2022, these will now constitute as a taxable item.

These changes have resulted due to an assumption by the German government, that vaping products are equally as harmful to health as tobacco products. Despite the expert advice and countless pieces of evidence that suggest the opposite, they hope this new tax will reduce the usage of vaping devices.

Taxation is calculated on a millilitre basis based on the volume of the substance. Products with high ml counts such as shortfills are likely to become much more expensive. As of July 2022, the tax rate is 16 cents per millilitre, which will then rise to 32 cents per millilitre from 2026.

Possible consequences of the taxation

It’s no surprise that these changes are going to impact businesses and consumers. Wildly criticised for its demonising approach to vaping, there are obvious concerns that it may drive fewer people to quit smoking. There's also the possibility it may push consumers to purchase cheaper products from other places in the EU. Even more questionably, the inclusion of nicotine-free products in this agenda means that shortfills no longer are likely to be a popular choice for vapers looking to get more for their money.

For businesses, investing in smaller bottle sizes is more likely to become the go-to in an effort to keep prices low for consumers. Rather than the typical 10ml bottles, smaller sizes like 5ml are likely to become more popular. The new taxation is likely to impact the pricing of products which quickly becomes a battle of profit vs sellability. Will consumers pay a higher price point for the products they enjoy? Especially if they can buy them elsewhere, cheaper.

Helping businesses establish updated product ranges to suit market changes and regulations is a speciality of Xyfil. We constantly keep up to date on the latest from the vaping industry to ensure that we can cater to global needs.

Here at Xyfil, we offer a wide variety of E-Liquid types and sizes including small bottle concentrates. Already we are working with brands who wish to keep their products in Germany, to update their products and packaging to reflect the new regulations. If you want to take your E-Liquid products to Germany, get in contact with us today.

How to Bring Your Brand to the UK Market

Looking to expand and take your product elsewhere? Understanding the regulations for the country you wish to sell your vaping products, is essential as they differ around the globe. And it is certainly worth taking your product to other markets, especially if it’s already receiving great success elsewhere. Let’s briefly look at the different regulations that govern the three main territories, and how they might differ from those in the UK.

The regulations for other countries

If your products are already listed in these countries, then chances are you are already aware of the different regulations. Here’s a brief list of the key regulations across the EU, US and Middle East.

EU Regulations

  • Child-resistant & tamper-proof packaging
  • Must notify the appropriate regulatory body with ingredients in E-Liquids components in devices and refilling mechanisms of devices
  • Devices must be protected against breakage and leakage
  • It must be possible to refill devices without leakage
  • Devices must deliver a consistent dose of nicotine per puff
  • Capacity of tanks, pods and cartridges must be no more than 2ml
  • E-Liquids containing nicotine must be sold in volumes of 10ml or less
  • Nicotine strengths of E-Liquids must not exceed 20mg/ml
  • Legal age for vaping is set at 18 for most EU countries
  • E-Cigarettes and re-fill containers can’t be advertised or promoted, directly or in-directly

These TPD regulations guide the majority of EU countries in their handling of E-Cigarettes and vape products. However, there are some countries that have begun to implement flavour bans or ban vaping entirely. Find out more about EU regulations here.

US Regulations

  • Register your establishment and submit a list of products, labelling and advertisements
  • Submit data and pay user fees
  • Submit an ingredient listing
  • Apply to market a new tobacco product via one of three pathways
  • Submit quantities of harmful and potentially harmful constituents
  • Submit tobacco health documents
  • Submit a warning plan for smokeless tobacco
  • Include required warning statements on packages and advertisements
  • Submit a modified risk tobacco product (MRTP) application
  • Age-restricted for those under 21 years of age

It’s important to note that some states in the US have also implemented flavour bans. This means they only accept tobacco-flavoured vapes and E-Liquids. Some of the regulations differ between states with some outright banning vaping altogether.

UAE & Middle East Regulations

  • 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 that 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
  • Prohibited to those under the age of 18

Some of these regulations can differ depending on the country as some Middle Eastern countries have outright banned vaping.

Many of these share similar restrictions with the main ones to take note of, are the limitations on size, strength, and ingredients, as these have an impact on the product you manufacture. Products that do not abide by the regulations of the country for reselling, will be classified as illegal and could be disposed of by authorities. Find out more about UAE regulations here.

Regulations for the UK

When bringing your brand and established products to the UK, you need to take into account the regulations established by TRPR (Tobacco and Related Products Regulations).

  • E-Liquid bottles that contain nicotine can be no larger than 10ml
  • Tanks, pods and cartridges can be no larger than 2ml
  • The maximum nicotine strength allowed is 20mg/ml (2%)
  • E-Liquids must not contain any ingredients that are disallowed
  • E-Cigarette packages must include an information leaflet
  • Packaging must include nicotine warnings on the front and back, covering 30% of the size

These regulations are very similar to the EU regulations with only small differences, but it’s important to make sure that your E-Liquid products match the specified strengths, max capacity, and warnings. Find out more about UK regulations here.

It is also worth noting that in the UK, advertising E-Cigarettes and vaping products is strictly regulated with only a few exceptions. Similarly, vaping products are age-restricted for those under the age of 18 and it should be a brand’s interest to ensure their products do not appeal to those who are underage.

For those with brands that cross different countries with different regulations, it could become the norm to label vaping products with the country it is intended to be sold in. Products like ELUX vapes have now begun including a ‘not for sale in the UK’ to their packaging for products intended for US markets. This is intended to help retailers from accidentally stocking products not legal in their country.

How Xyfil can help get you into the UK market

As a leading British E-Liquid Manufacturer, we have over ten years of experience in manufacturing and the production of E-Liquids suitable worldwide. We have helped hundreds of brands to market in the EU, UK and Middle East and more. Between our in-house compliance team and highly experienced members in all departments, we ensure that the products you want are suitable for the market you wish to hit. Whether that’s from the ground up with our white label and OEM E-Liquid manufacture, or with your pre-produced E-Liquids, we cover it all.

Xyfil is equipped to bottle your products in compliant bottling solutions, and our creative teams are able to create/edit product packaging to suit your needs. We offer many white label products which are already created and compliant for EU, UK and the Middle East to help you hit markets quicker. Or alternatively, if you’re looking to alter your existing products to suit new markets, we are more than equipped to handle any changes in product capacity, testing, packaging and more.

Contact us today to find out more about how we can help you.

Industry news – Danish Government Proposes Nicotine Ban

In a move that mirrors New Zealand’s prior shift in nicotine-containing products, Denmark is following in their steps. Recently, the Danish government have proposed a nicotine ban to anyone born in 2010 or after. No doubt in hopes of ensuring future generations remain nicotine-free.

The proposed bill is believed to help reduce the number of smokers, coming into effect in 2028 – when those born in 2010 turn 18. From then on, the legal age requirement for buying nicotine-containing products will increase each year. Importantly though, it is noted that they are not banning the use of nicotine-containing products, just the ability to buy them. So, what does this mean?

There are concerns that this style of strategy fails to consider tobacco harm reduction by limiting items such as E-Cigarettes and E-Liquid. Any vaping product that contains nicotine will also fall under this ruling and therefore manufacturers and brands need to be on the lookout.

Compliance labelling – Keep your vaping products compliant

These new market changes can happen quickly and sometimes before companies have a chance to react. Luckily this occurs less and less nowadays but changes to regulations do still occur. And these require brands and companies to rethink their strategies and their products.

Lately, there have been many countries that have started to lean towards banning flavours. This has resulted in brands having to limit their flavour lists or create whole new ranges to remain relevant. Similarly, the move towards changing the legal age for purchasing nicotine-containing items may require brands to change up their product warning labels each year, to mirror the changing age limit.

This could be quite costly for companies having to re-print/re-package their products each year. Or perhaps compliance guidelines for these countries may take on a new approach?

In our opinion, we believe it is possible that governments will change the legislation for product labelling for nicotine-containing products. Currently, to be TPD compliant, vape products that contain nicotine must have an ’18’ age restriction symbol on the packaging and labels. Thereby it could be very likely that a new symbol to signify age restriction is created and will become a requirement for products to be sold in affected countries. But at this moment in time, there have been no talks on the subject, possibly due to the legislation not yet coming into effect. We’ll keep you posted as soon as we know.

The ability to cope with market changes

At Xyfil we are actively on the alert for any market changes that could impact brands and help them manoeuvre the market. Whether it’s updates to regulations, changing flavour recipes, updating information on product labelling and more, we’re here to help.

Our in-house compliance team are dedicated to ensuring that your products meet the necessary requirements for the market you wish to target. And with our 10+ years of experience in manufacturing, R&D, production, flavour development, logistics and more, Xyfil are more than ready to help.

Keep in the know with the latest in the vaping industry with us at Xyfil. Check our info hub for more news.

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.

Get to know us more and meet the team over on LinkedIn.

Compliance in the EU – All You Need to Know

When manufacturing and selling E-Liquids and E-Cigarettes in the EU, many of the regulations are the same as what we currently hold in the UK. Brexit and the exit-withdrawal agreement resulted in the UK adopting its own version, the Tobacco and related Products Regulations (TRPR). It also resulted in the Tobacco Products and Nicotine Inhaling Products (Amendment) (EU Exit) Regulations 2020. Whereas previously the UK was covered by the EU’s Tobacco Products Direction (TPD), or European Tobacco Products Directive (EUTPD) (2014/40/EU).

The EU Regulations

TPD and the EUTPD cover the manufacture, presentation and sale of all tobacco related products including E-Cigarettes. Much like the UK’s regulations, these directives govern the packaging, labelling and ingredients, alongside adverting restrictions, creation of a smoke-free environment, tax measures and activities against illegal trade, and acquiring anti-smoking campaigns.

For E-Cigarettes particularly, new rules were introduced:

  • minimum standards for safety and quality
  • information is provided to consumers of nicotine containing products
  • that protections are put into place to prevent children from starting to use the products

These rules came into effect as of May 2017 for any nicotine containing product:

  • restrict the maximum volume of E-Liquid in a single container to 10ml
  • restrict capacity of tanks to no more than 2ml
  • restrict nicotine strengths of E-Liquids to no more than 20mg/ml
  • be child resistant and tamper evident
  • not contain caffeine, taurine or colourings
  • be submitted to the EU-CEG (The EU Common Entry Gate)
  • include relevant warnings and information

As you may have realised, these are the same regulations we currently use in the UK with the only difference being the regulatory body that products should be reported to. For the EU, nicotine-containing products such as E-Liquids and E-Cigarettes must be reported to the EU-CEG. This regulatory body requires information on ingredients, emissions and toxicological data that is then accessible by the public for complete transparency. By doing so it ensures the quality and safety requirements are being met, and any non-compliant products will not be listed and should therefore be avoided.

Interestingly, in some EU countries, the EU-CEG is used to provide information on other products such as:

  • novel tobacco products
  • herbal products for smoking
  • nicotine-free E-Cigarettes

How Xyfil can help with compliance

“Our in-house team of experts are able to perform the necessary toxicological evaluations on the compounds detected during the analysis of your e liquid and its emissions. More critically, we also know how to gather this data into the format required by all European member states and complete the required submission for your business.”

Pradip, Compliance Officer, Xyfil.

You may be looking for help with establishing compliance for your existing products, before moving your products to EU markets. If so, our in-house compliance team can help by taking control of the process. From toxicology testing to filling out the paperwork and completing the process by informing the EU-Common Entry Gate, we can help you get your product to market without hassle.

Looking to create a new product to take the EU markets by storm? As a Toll Manufacturer, we are able to help you wherever you are in the process of product development. Be it manufacture, labelling & packaging, dispatch, marketing assets and of course compliance, Xyfil has you covered. With our white label manufacturing services for E-Liquid, CBD and cosmetics, we can efficiently offer quality products that comply with EU regulations. Backed by 10+ years of experience. With thousands of our products already available in the EU market, there’s never been a better time to start with Xyfil than now.

Get to know us more and meet the team over on LinkedIn.

How E-Liquid has Evolved

We are one of the leading E-Liquid manufacturers in the UK, established in Preston, UK, since 2014. With over 10 years of experience in the industry, we have certainly seen it all. From the humble beginnings of E-Liquid and E-Cigarettes to the shake-up of laws and legislation that now define E-Liquid in the UK as a premium, high-quality product. Xyfil has been there. As one of the first to adapt to new changes in the market and establish TPD compliant E-Liquids, we look back at where E-Liquid and E-Cigarettes first began.


Where it really started

It wasn’t until the 1980’s that nicotine replacement therapies began to take off as our understanding of the harm of smoking grew. At first gum and patches were developed but offered little in terms of the cigarette-smoking habit. They only offered the ability to deliver nicotine to the system. This alone unfortunately isn't enough for many people to quit smoking.

That’s why in 2003 a Chinese pharmacist called Hon Lik decided to create a device that resembled traditional smoking. He created the very first E-Cigarette that used ultrasound waves to vaporise a nicotine solution - the very first E-Liquid. By the addition of resistance heating, it produced a vapour to inhale giving rise to the vaping we know.


The demand grows

Since then, there have been many new discoveries with E-Liquids and E-Cigarettes. We’ve come a long way from cig-a-likes and the first basic E-Liquids. Now we have devices with interchangeable parts, pod kits that are easily refilled, disposables for the ultimate convenience, and innovative ways to deliver nicotine and substantial flavours.

From new technology that creates smoother experiences with vaping, to brand new ways of mixing flavours. And with a healthy market, which continues to rise each year, it’s no surprise that demand for E-Liquids and E-Cigarettes continues to grow. As soon as vape tanks hit the market, the need for more variety with E-Liquids, in flavour, strength and different PG:VG ratios, became apparent.


How legislation changed the path of E-Liquid Evolution

You are more than likely already aware of the TPD regulations that came into effect back in May 2016. At the time this caused a stir as it meant many changes were necessary to sell E-Liquid in UK and EU markets. E-Cigarette tank capacities were limited to 2ml. Bottles of E-Liquid were limited to 10ml max capacity. Nicotine strength was capped to 20mg/ml and some flavourings were added to the ban list.

The biggest problem for vapers was certainly the bottle sizing as no longer could they carry around large bottles of E-Liquid to top up their tanks. This was especially an issue for heavy vapers or those using low resistance, high wattage devices. So, E-Liquids went through a new evolution giving rise to the shortfill. These bottles contained nicotine-free E-Liquid which allowed them to be produced in bottles larger than 10ml, and manufacturers then kept a little space in the bottle so that vapers could add their own 10ml nicotine shot.

Xyfil were one of the first UK manufacturers to implement these changes and successfully establish TPD compliant products in the market. Our manufacturing practices allowed us to make the necessary changes quickly and efficiently, from re-bottling E-Liquids to the new capped sizes to amending, re-printing and re-labelling products to comply with the regulations. A service we continue to offer today for those looking to bring products to UK, EU and UAE markets. Whether you are looking for manufacturing, white label services or compliance services, we are here to help.


Where we are today

The advancements in technology have also led to the creation of nicotine salts, a revolutionary way of delivering nicotine in E-Liquids, that prove beneficial for those looking to quit smoking. At Xyfil we offer an unrivalled nicotine salt formula that has continued to win awards each year.

Nicotine salts are extracted from the tobacco plant to create the purest form of nicotine, which provides a stronger hit many smokers/ex-smokers require. It's also kinder to the throat than similar strength freebase nicotine E-Liquids. It is one of the most efficient ways of taking nicotine due to its biocompatibility and is favoured by many vapers who say it delivers a more satisfying vaping experience. Speak to us if you are thinking of creating the next big nicotine salt brand.


It’s certain that E-Liquid can only continue to grow and evolve as the market continues to enjoy growth each year. Have you got a new idea for E-Liquids or perhaps a new flavour that you’re burning to create and hit the market with? Get in touch with us to see how we can help grow your brand and make your products the future of vaping.

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Flavor Development

Flavour Development – E-Liquid and CBD

E-liquid and CBD product sales margins don’t look to be slowing down anytime soon. In fact, some sources predict they’re set to climb by at least 20% between now and 2027. Now is the perfect time to get ahead of the curve.

Here at Xyfil we are experts in helping you develop your CBD or E-Liquid product, from initial idea development right through to creation, regulation compliance, and packaging design. The market for E-Liquids is competitive with new brands/products appearing every day. To stand out in this growing market and get ahead you must get creative when developing your next product flavour. 

Define Your E-Liquid with Flavour

With so much competition now on the market, offering something that’s new but has the staying power to build a loyal fanbase is key. Your product packaging and logo may be enticing to new customers, but what really keeps them coming back is the experience of a great product. Flavours are obviously a big factor in a customer’s choice when picking their E-Liquid or CBD vape. So whether you are looking to bring a new variation to an existing, popular flavour, or a completely new experience, research is key. Much research has found that fruit flavours rank highly amongst most vapers, albeit only by a little more. This doesn’t mean that other flavours such as menthol, desserts, drinks and tobacco should be ignored, it means there’s room for improvement which very well could be your next venture!

Let us lead you through the best route for flavour development. 

Eliquid

E-Liquid Essentials: Safety Regulations 

First things first, ensure your flavour producers are safe, regulated, and reliable. Not only is this an essential for sale in store or online across the UK and European Union, it ensures safety and consistency in your product, and builds trust in your customer base. 

Our  ISO 7 Laboratory testing at  Xyfil meets the highest standards of compliance, meeting full Tobacco Products Directive (TPD), toxicology and safety analysis requirements. Alongside stringent testing and safety measures and a dedicated, expert team of scientists, we maintain full traceability of all of our products. Throughout the production process, we closely monitor the quality and safety of our product, through employee traceability reports, raw material sample collections, and comprehensive recording of ingredients and product processes. 

Working with Xyfil means working with an industry leading team you can trust. When you’re trying to get ahead of the competition, make sure your production is as straightforward as possible and save yourself the stress. We’ve got you covered.

Creating A Bestselling Flavour 

Flavour development starts with focusing on your base taste. How are you going to create this, and what combination is key? Working with our dedicated team of flavour experts is central to developing a top selling CBD or E-Liquid product, with a flavour that sells.

Our flavour ranges are some of the broadest on the market - from apple and cherry menthol to blueberry ice, Cuban Crème and caramel latte. Our in-house research and development teams work consistently to explore and develop new flavour bases and combinations based on the latest scientific findings and insider market research. Whether you already know your exact flavour or have an idea on the taste you wish to create, Xyfil will help your dream become a reality.

Alongside a diverse and inspiring range of flavours to choose from, our cannabidiol is sustainably sourced from a premium, award-winning supplier. We also offer 100% organic CBD Isolate, full-spectrum CBD, MCT oil and flavoured terpenes as needed. 

How We Keep Your Flavour Safe

Confidentiality you can trust is essential to successful white label manufacturing. Setting your flavour, branding, and product marketing in stone will ensure your success over your competitors.  We’re proud to say our infrastructure, processes, and working systems are all centred around a secure protection of intellectual property and full confidentiality for all projects. Alongside compiling non-disclosure agreements (NDAs) as standard, we also include data masking measures such as advanced encryption and pseudonym systems. These methods ensure your product and specific flavour profiles are kept strictly between you and the dedicated project team in question. 

So, What Next? 

Drop us a message to get your product journey underway - it’s going to be a bestseller; we can already tell.