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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
Vampire Vape have been a considerable presence at the Vapouround Awards since the beginning. This year, the Blackburn-based manufacturer of award-winning liquids like Heisenberg and Pinkman On Ice has partnered with Vapouround to sponsor the 2018 ceremony. We caught up with directors Nathan and Phil to find out more about their year and why they love being part of the awards.
VM: What were some of your big moments from the past 12 months?
N: First and foremost, it’d have to be the big move in the summer. We’ve expanded so rapidly in the past four or five years that we’ve had to move eight times. But that was definitely the last time! I haven’t seen a bigger site anywhere else and there’s still plenty of room for us to expand.
P: It’s also helped us become more organised and streamlined. Orders were coming through thick and fast which was starting to slow things down. But we’re now on course to get back to a 24-hour turnaround every time.
VM: Speaking of expansion, your new shortfill range has really taken off.
N: We deliberated about making Koncept XIX for a while due to the TPD. But everyone seemed to be doing it so we rolled with it and its gone down a storm. We’ve since taken it to Australia and New Zealand, and reactions over there have been just as positive.
VM: Why do you like to be involved in the Vapouround Awards?
P: We know most of the people in the industry so it’s great to get everyone together to catch up and enjoy ourselves. The Awards are friendly competition that helps the industry grow.
VM: And they’re a laugh, too.
P: Exactly. They’re not boring and corporate like some other ceremonies. Plus, it’s a great way to network and meet new people.
VM: Any personal highlights from previous years?
N: I won’t go into details just now but let’s just say that it’s always a laugh having Johnnie and Strawberry Queen up there!
VM: What’s it like to come away with a gong?
P: We’ve done pretty well for ourselves over the years. I think it’s fair to say that we’ve exhausted Heisenberg! But it’s not about winning. It’s just about being part of it.
N: That said, if we don’t win something, there’ll be trouble [laughs]!
VM: Are there any particular brands, ranges or individuals that you expect to see win big on the day?
N: From a personal perspective, I’d like to see Iron Bruised up there as its a really hard flavour to crack but Riot Squad got it just right. I also really like the Malaysian style flavours but then I do have a bit of a sweet tooth.
VM: What can we expect to see from you between now and the 2019 Awards?
P: We’ve got some new ranges coming in 2018 so keep an eye out for these, its going to be another busy year for the Vampires.
Every vote counts! The annual Vapouround Awards return for their third year at May’s Vaper Expo UK
As winter gives way to spring our minds naturally wander to thoughts of the warm, summer days that (hopefully) lie ahead. But for vapers, May is about more than just the first hint of summer weather. The Vaper Expo UK will make a welcome return to the NEC in Birmingham after months of preparation. We can’t wait to see what the guys have in store for us over the weekend.
One thing we can be sure of: on the Friday, the best-and-brightest will come together for the third annual Vapouround Awards, this year sponsored by Vampire Vape.
The Blackburn-based company has supported the awards night since the beginning and we are delighted to have them on board as the overall sponsor for this year’s event.
If you attended last year’s awards ceremony you will no doubt have an idea of what to expect. Representatives from across the vaping industry coming together to honour the brands and individuals who’ve lit up the world of vaping in the past 12 months.
But an old cliché may also come to mind – expect the unexpected. 2017 saw everything from close-up magic vape tricks to unscheduled ‘attractions’ like a topless Hamish Guerrini from Riot Squad exposing what was under hit kilt…
The vaping industry evolves at a staggering pace and the Vapouround Awards are no exception. So this year, we’ve added new categories and have more public interaction than ever before.
Blogger of the Year, Vape Shop of the Year and Juice of the Year are readers awards which are open to everyone while our five Industry Awards categories are open to businesses only. All companies, manufacturers, shops, and distributors – big or small, chain or independent, can submit their votes. The Industry Awards categories are as follows: Best Brand/Marketing, Best Up and Coming Brand, Trade Show of the Year, Industry Leader and Vaper of the Year.
Voting will take place via our Vapouround Awards website for both the Readers Awards and the Industry Awards categories. A name and valid email address will be needed to vote and a company email address will be required to vote for the industry categories.
Voting closes on the 1st of April so make sure you visit the awards website in time to get your voice heard and celebrate all those who make the vaping industry a pleasure to be a part of.
Finally for the juice and mod categories, please note that the deadline for your entries to be submitted is March 1 to allow time for the judging process to be completed so be sure to get your entries in before the deadline.
The American Cancer Society has for the first time endorsed e-cigarettes as a tool to help smokers kick the habit.
The board formally approved the ACS Position Statement on Electronic Cigarettes which drew upon the growing body of evidence supporting vaping as a safer alternative to smoking.
The ACS stopped short of recommending e-cigarettes in the first instance, instead stating that they should only be used in cases where FDA-approved treatments have been unsuccessful or where smokers would otherwise not attempt to quit.
“These individuals should be encouraged to switch to the least harmful form of tobacco product possible; switching to the exclusive use of e-cigarettes is preferable to continuing to smoke combustible products.”
(Confusingly, the FDA classes e-cigarettes as ‘tobacco products’ despite the fact that they don’t contain tobacco).
The report outlined clinical and policy recommendations that reflected a cautious but encouraging shift in stance. The US media has historically been quite hostile towards e-cigarettes so it will be interesting to see what coverage the report generates.
2018 has already been a pretty good year for American vapers. Back in January, the National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine (NASEM) published their FDA-commissioned Public Health Consequences of E-Cigarettes report which explained in detail how e-cigarettes are significantly less harmful than combustible cigarettes and offer smokers the opportunity to reduce their risk of developing a smoking-related illnesses.
To read the ACS statement in full, head over to their website: https://www.cancer.org/healthy/stay-away-from-tobacco/e-cigarette-position-statement.html