Well its going to happen! The TPD regulation will hit in MAY and many changes will be made to the way you vape. Please read below and email us on any questions.

Another good reason to vote out of the EU!

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Key Dates

20th May 2016

This is the date the TPD comes in to force. The advertising ban kicks in immediately. Most retailers will still be selling non-compliant products as usual, so consumers will be largely unaffected. However, we will see some small to medium manufacturers start to close down as they realise that TPD compliance will be too costly.

20th November 2016

From this date onwards, retailers will have six months to clear their shelves of non-compliant products, such as non-leakproof tanks, bottles over 10ml or 20mg etc. New non-compliant stock cannot be manufactured, purchased or sold.

Over the next six months almost all small manufacturers will close down. Retailers will start selling a much smaller range of products. There may be shortages, as many vapers panic buy and stockpile their favourite vaping gear.

20th May 2017

It is now illegal to sell any non-compliant product. Only products tested and MHRA notified six months earlier can be sold.

At this point the market will look very different. There will be a lot less vendors and a lot less choice available. We will probably see a lot of cases brought about by Trading Standards against vendors who seek to exploit loopholes and ‘grey areas’ in the TPD.

Effects on each product type

E Liquid

E liquid will only be available in 10ml bottles, at a maximum strength of 20mg (realistically, manufacturers aren’t likely to produce liquids over 18mg, to allow some margin for error). E liquid with no nicotine (0mg) does not need to be tested and is unaffected by the TPD.

E liquid bottles must have a childproof cap – which all responsible manufacturers already use anyway.

Even though the MHRA’s notification costs are only likely to be a couple of hundred pounds per flavour, per strength, the costs of testing could reach several thousand pounds for each. This means that a small manufacturer with, say, twenty flavours in four strengths, could face compliance costs of around a quarter of a million pounds.

Therefore, the number of manufacturers, and in turn the variety of e liquids on the market will be reduced dramatically. Most small to medium sized businesses who want an own label product will outsource their manufacturing to already compliant manufacturers while focusing on retail (like supermarkets do with their own brand products).

At bestcigliquid we will probably reduce the number of flavours in our own brand range initially and then add more back in over time. This will enable us to spread the cost of TPD compliance.

Tanks and Clearomisers

As with e liquids, all tanks and clearomisers must be tested and the MHRA must be notified six months before they can be sold.

Only tanks with a capacity of 2ml and below will be available. Tanks must also be ‘leakproof at the point of refilling’ and deliver a consistent dose of nicotine.

However, thankfully, the TPD has focused on the e liquid bottle, rather than the tank, when defining what ‘leakproof refilling’ means. New tanks designed to fill via a small hole that the nozzle of an e liquid bottle fits snugly into should be fine.

Manufacturers are just starting to bring out these ‘top-hole’ tanks that should satisfy the TPD’s criteria. At the moment they are only addressing the higher end sub-ohm type market. However, over the coming months we are confident that we will see a diverse range of tanks available.

On the ‘consistent dose of nicotine’ issue, it looks as if there will be some lenience in interpretation. As long as the tanks deliver a reasonably consistent nicotine dose in lab conditions (which sidesteps un quantifiable, real-world variables, such as how hard or long a user inhales), they will be fine.

Batteries and mods

As far as we understand, batteries and mods sold without a tank or clearomiser should be unaffected by the TPD. This is because they are not capable, in isolation, of vapourising e liquid. However, if a battery and tank are sold together as a kit, the whole kit would need to be compliant.

This probably just means that after November 2017 all batteries and tanks will be sold separately, with retailers perhaps suggesting which would work best together.


Accessories such as chargers, cases, lanyards, empty bottles and so on will be unaffected by the TPD.

Flavour concentrates

There shouldn’t be too much disruption to the sales of flavour concentrates for those who make their own e liquid. After all, the flavours themselves, contain no nicotine and are multi-purpose.

However, we at Vapable are preparing ourselves for someone from Trading Standards to decide that, because we are selling flavour concentrates in the same place as ecigs, they should all be treated as vaping products. For us, this would mean testing and notifying MHRA of well over five hundred flavours in several different bottle sizes at a cost potentially running into millions of pounds.

For this reason, we will be setting up a separate business in the next few weeks with its own website selling only multi-purpose flavour concentrates. We will let all of our customers know as soon as this happens.

Propylene Glycol and Vegetable Glycerine

Much like flavourings, PG and VG are multi-purpose, aren’t vaped alone and aren’t really addressed by the TPD. We will continue selling them as usual for now. However, again, we are preparing ourselves for someone from Trading Standards to decide that they should be treated as vaping products.


Nicotine in PG or VG for DIY e liquid mixing is the product we are least clear about at the moment. It is something of a grey area.

It will be illegal to sell e liquid at more that 10ml in size or 20mg in strength. However, nicotine isn’t e liquid and isn’t vaped alone.

Nicotine does have other applications, though not really for the general public. So again, we doubt that Trading Standards would allow retailers to sell nicotine alongside other vaping supplies. If this is the case, we may set up another separate business just for nicotine, if there is a demand from our DIY customers for the decent quality vaping grade nicotine that we currently are able to supply.

Customer information

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WARNING: E-Liquid contains nicotine. Nicotine is an addictive substance. Product may be poisonous if orally ingested.  E-cigarettes are not a smoking cessation product and has not been tested or guaranteed as such. E-Liquid has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration nor is it intended to treat, prevent or cure any disease or condition.  Keep out of reach of children and pets.  E-cigarette products are intended only for smokers of legal age and over the age of 18 (UK).  These products are not recommended for non-smokers, children, pregnant women, or people with high blood pressure or asthma.  If you experience any side effects you should discontinue use immediately. All published information regarding testing of vaping products are readily available on the Internet.

Customers: If you are sensitive to PG (Propylene Glycol) should have a higher VG (Vegetable Glycerine) content. All flavours are subjective to taste and samples are in place to try before committing to larger quantities. To get the best from our products a quality Vaporizer is required.

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