Broughton, a contract research organisation and scientific consultancy specialising in nicotine product analytical testing and regulatory support, has announced that it has joined the UK Vaping Industry Association (UKVIA) in time for VApril 2023.
To mark the launch of VApril, Dr Nveed Chaudhary, chief scientific and regulatory officer at Broughton, attended a meeting of industry experts at the Houses of Parliament to encourage more regulatory rigor in applying UK vape regulation to protect consumers. The event provided a platform for stakeholders to discuss the current state of the vaping industry and explore ways to improve public health outcomes.
Broughton also announced that it is launching a new UK and EU Vape Compliance Package that will help address current concerns about vape regulatory compliance. The new service will focus on labelling and packaging, nicotine strength, fill volume, and banned ingredients, to help the industry ensure the safety and quality of vape products on retail shelves.
Manufacturers, distributors, and retailers who use Broughton’s compliance package will receive a Certificate of Analysis that verifies their products’ compliance with current UK or EU regulations. This certificate can be used to demonstrate to customers and regulatory bodies that a product meets the required safety and quality standards.
Speaking about Broughton joining UKVIA, John Dunne, director general at the UKVIA, said: “Recent compliance issues with some manufacturers could impact consumer trust in vapes in the UK. Quality control and analytical testing experts Broughton joining UKVIA at this time illustrates the importance of product quality and safety to ensuring the continued transition of smokers away from cigarettes.”
Dunne added: “At UKVIA, we believe vapes have a key role to play in helping reduce death and disease caused by smoking. Ensuring vape safety is of the utmost importance to us and our members and as a group we’re advocating for stronger action against non-compliant vapes. This should include faster removal of non-compliant products, complete testing of products, and greater penalties for manufacturers and retailers who break the rules.”