The experts in TPD testing on an initiative they hope will boost productivity and compliance across the vaping industry
In their line of work, Adact Medical often receive calls from clients who have been challenged by regional trading standards bodies regarding their interpretation of the UK Tobacco and Related Products Regulations (TRPR) of 2016. The TRPR is what implemented the TPD in the UK. Various trading standards bodies UK-wide often interpret the regulations in different ways, resulting in confusion, stress and lost time for such clients.
In order to assist the entire vaping industry and cut down on confusion, Adact recently entered into a government-sponsored partnership under the Regulatory Enforcement & Sanctions Act of 2008. Working with the Peterborough & Cambridgeshire County Council Trading Standards, the company has formed the Adact Primary Authority Partnership (Adact PAP).
As a result, an open invite has been issued to companies across the industry to join and reap the rewards.
Greg Cox, of vape company QCig, was one of many to step forward and partake. Here’s what he had to say about signing up:
“It just makes perfect sense. As soon as I learned that Adact were setting up a partnership with Peterborough and Cambridge Trading Standards I signed up. I have wasted too much of my time dealing with different enforcement officers who all seem to interpret TPD in different ways.”
What exactly do primary authorities accomplish?
Primary authorities provide advice to businesses that other local regulators must respect on compliance with regulations. They can also produce an inspection plan for a business to improve the effectiveness of visits by local regulators and underpin better sharing of information.
Another advantage for clients who enrol is having access to relevant, authoritative advice tailored to their business and its specific needs. Clients can also recognise robust compliance arrangement, gain the ability to draw on an established and effective means of meeting business regulations and have confidence that they are protecting both customers and growth.
Like what you’ve heard so far?
Let’s unpack the details of what signing up could do for your businesses and entities – straight from the horse’s mouth.
- By registering, your entire UK-based business portfolio – regardless of locations – will be covered by one single trading standards office (Peterborough & Cambridgeshire), meaning no more regional confusion about the interpretation of regulations.
- If any other local trading standards officers visit any of your outlets, you may inform them that you are part of the Adact PAP and refer them to Peterborough & Cambridgeshire Trading Standards, who will then deal directly with the regional trading standards body to resolve any issues.
- Enrolled businesses will receive a document confirming membership and a window sticker advertising that you are indeed a member of Adact PAP.
- You don’t have to be based in the UK to be a recipient of this boon.
The fee for joining is £50 per annum per outlet – for example; business, retail premises et cetera. These fees cover administration of the group and pay for projects undertaken by the Adact PAP on behalf of its own group. The Adact PAP will work closely with its members to address any highlighted issues, such as researching and developing a single labelling and packaging guideline.
Peterborough & Cambridgeshire Trading Standards are available to members for individual projects and will invoice them directly for work undertaken on a member’s behalf, such as liaising between a vape company and the Health & Safety Executive or other trading standards bodies regarding ongoing issues. This is invoiced £62.00 per hour.
One last word: Short-fill compliance and the Adact PAP
In a direct statement, Adact laid out how they intend to use the PAP to help vape companies navigate the issue of short-fill compliance:
“As UKVIA members, Adact are committed to the growth and promotion of the vaping industry and the continuous improvement of standards for consumer protection. Adact have commissioned the Adact PAP on behalf of the UK vaping industry to produce clear guidelines regarding short-fill compliance in accordance with the General Products Safety Regulations and our trading standards officer is in contact with the MHRA. We look forward to sharing these guidelines once this critical work is complete.”
Adact urge you to join the Adact PAP in complete confidence that this small investment will benefit your business greatly.
For membership details please contact:
Adact Primary Authority Partnership co-ordinator
Adact Medical Ltd
DD: 01302 986083