Advice for retailers

If you sell e-cigarettes and / refill containers by retail to the general public, you need to be aware of the transition periods for implementation of the new rules:

20 May 2016 – 19 November 2016

No change.

20 November 2016 – 19 May 2017

You may continue to sell products you already have in stock during this period.

When sourcing new supplies of any e-cigarette or refill container products, ask your supplier whether the product complies with the requirements of theTPD. If the answer is no, be aware that you may only sell the product until 19 May 2017.

On 20 May 2017

You will need to remove from sale any remaining stocks of products that do not comply with the TPD.

From 20 May 2017

When sourcing new supplies of any e-cigarette or e-liquid product, check that details of the notification for the product have been published on the MHRAwebsite. A link will be made available here when the web page goes live.

If you cannot find the product on the MHRA website, ask your supplier to confirm that the product complies with the TPD and has been notified toMHRA. If a producer has not notified the product or it does not comply with the TPD, they may not supply it to you.

Are you also a producer?

As a retailer, you do not need to notify any products you sell unless you are also a ‘producer’ of the product.

A producer is anyone who manufactures or imports e-cigarette or refill container products and anyone who re-brands them as their own. If you qualify as a producer, please see the transition period guidance for producers above.

If you import or re-brand products, check with your supplier whether they have already made a UK notification for the specific product you sell. If they have done so, you do not need to submit a duplicate notification.

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