Electronic cigarettes and e-liquid standards update

The European Committee for Standardization (CEN) Technical Committee CEN/TC 437 ‘Electronic cigarettes and e-liquids’, was set up in January 2015 with the aim of developing European Standards for e-cigarettes and e-liquid.

The committee had its latest meeting last week in Brussels which was attended by David Lawson, Nerudia Chief Regulatory Officer.

The Technical Committee has set up working groups responsible for the following four areas: Terminology and definitions; Requirements and test methods for electronic cigarette devices; Requirements and test methods for e-liquid; Requirements and test methods for emissions. During the meeting the working groups had conveners appointed. Each group is due to report back to the Technical Committee by June with a proposal for their scope of work.

The Committee also identified and agreed on collaboration with a number of other Technical Committees who are themselves working on standards. The collaboration is intended to prevent duplication of work with the working groups appointed under CEN/TC 437. During the meeting the Business Plan which was presented by the Technical Committee Secretary was approved and adopted.

It is unlikely that there will be any further progress update from CEN/TC 437 ahead of June when the Technical Committee next sits.