What is TPD compliance and how can we help?

TPD Compliance

At Xyfil, we bulk manufacture E-Liquids, provide white label services and compliance, all to help you get from idea to reality. For many new business owners looking to join the E-Liquid market, compliance with the regulations surrounding manufacturing E-Liquids can be a hurdle. Here at Xyfil we can provide you with the peace of mind that your products have been tested and abide by the many regulations for selling within the UK and EU.

What is Compliance and why is it Important?

The Tobacco Products Directive (TPD) came into effect in May 2016 as the primary legislative framework for E-Liquid. Our in-house compliance and laboratory technicians will help ensure your products meet all TPD requirements, guaranteeing safety and quality standards. These UK and EU regulations include:

  • Restricting maximum volume of nicotine in a single container to 10ml
  • Restricting the capacity of tanks to no more than 2ml
  • Restricting the nicotine strength of E-Liquids to no more than 20mg/ml
  • The container must be child-resistant and tamper evident
  • The liquid must not contain caffeine, taurine or colourings
  • Submitting to the MHRA (for the UK & Northern Ireland) before being sold
  • Labels and packaging must include relevant warnings and information

In the UK, TPD compliance (Tobacco Products Directive) involves a lengthy process. Six months before the intended release of a new product, you must notify the government with all the information regarding the product, including a list of all ingredients and a sample for testing, or the documented results of testing. Some countries’ governing bodies send the invoice for this completely free, however in the UK there is a charge applied. Once the fee has been paid and the product ingredients and sample are deemed compliant, it is listed on the government website.

At this point, within the UK, the product can now be sold. Outside of the UK, the product can only be sold once the six months period has passed. If products are not TPD compliant, then they cannot be sold in the UK or EU markets. It’s important to note that in some countries such as Germany, Greece, and Netherlands, nicotine-free products like Shortfills and Longfills also require TPD compliance to be met before being sold to the public – in the UK nicotine-free products are sold normally without needing TPD compliance.

What we do for you regarding compliance

“We have completed compliance reviews for over 1000 products in the market. Our design teams will also help with compliancy on product labels & packaging. We’re here to help you along the entire process.”

Pradip, Compliance Manager, Xyfil.

Understanding the regulations, ascertaining correct samples or test results and documentation around the whole process, can be a daunting task for any business owner. However here at Xyfil we can do all the hard work for you.

With years of manufacturing expertise in securing regulatory approval in the UK and across international markets, we strive to provide a bespoke manufacturing service. Whether you have already done your own testing, have already listed your ingredients or are starting your journey with an idea looking to come to fruition, Xyfil has you covered. We have an experienced compliance and quality control team, and design studio team for working on your labels and product packaging.

We can handle the whole process from start to finish for you. We create an account with the government bodies in the countries where you wish to sell your product and submit a notification of the new upcoming product. Alternatively, some customers may already have an account and can simply provide us with access to submit on their behalf. From there we send a full list of flavour ingredients, of which can be provided by the customer or created by us by our expert flavour department and perform tests on a sample to prove TPD compliance. It is also possible for you to complete the sample test elsewhere and simply submit the results to us. For more information on the testing process, check out our previous article on TPD certification. We then send all this information to the governing bodies, pay the invoice where needed, and notify you once compliance has been agreed upon by the government and your product becomes listed on their website; for the UK this is the MHRA’s website. For other countries you can check here for the relative TPD regulations. At which point your product will now be able to be sold to the public and can be listed on your own website or in stores.

If you would like to speak with someone at Xyfil for more information or are interested in reaching out to us about your upcoming products, don’t hesitate to contact us here. Make the first step towards starting, refining and improving your business today.

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