Peter Beckett has joined the Nerudia Group to establish Nerudia Compliance, a new subsidiary that will offer a full product stewardship solution to companies seeking to become compliant with the regulations and legislation governing the vapor industry.
“We’re delighted to welcome Peter to the Nerudia team,” says Nerudia co-founder David Newns. “When it came to planning our compliance product offering, we knew that Peter was best placed to deliver our business vision. He has played a key role in the development of the legislation and has an enviable reputation for his detailed understanding of the industry.”
Nerudia Compliance will help companies understand the requirements placed upon them and assist and guide customers through the submissions they must make to the authorities. In addition, Nerudia Compliance will offer access to Nerudia’s analytical services, which are able to provide the vital analytical and toxicology assessments required for submission.
Nerudia Compliance’s global support ranges from consultancy and individually managed projects to an online Vaping Product Management System (VPMS). The VPMS will securely and confidentially manage requirements for regulatory submissions, including product technical file information as well as long-term product reporting requirements.
The most immediate requirement for many companies will be compliance with the Tobacco Products Directive (TPD), which will come into force in Europe next year.
“Having been on the front line of the TPD negotiations, the logical next step is to help vaping companies of all sizes understand and comply with the new rules,” says Beckett. “TPD doesn’t need to mean the end of the businesses that made this industry what it is, and we intend to prove that. Nerudia’s commitment to quality and deep technical knowledge of vaping products is a perfect synergy with my ethos, and I can’t wait to get started.”
The European Parliament endorsed the new EU Tobacco Products Directive (TPD) on Feb. 26, solidifying an agreement reached with the council last December. The council will now have to approve the TPD for it to take force.
The endorsement of the new TPD strengthens the current European regulation on tobacco in several ways. Among other measures, it increases the size of pictorial and text health warnings to cover 65 percent of tobacco packages and bans flavored cigarettes and features on packaging that play down the health risks of smoking.
The new TPD also aims to make tobacco packages less attractive to women and children. In addition, the directive will also ensure the product safety and quality of nicotine-containing products, including e-cigarettes. It attempts to ensure that they remain accessible to smokers while ensuring that they are unappealing and inaccessible to minors.
EU member states will retain the possibility to adopt more stringent measures to regulate tobacco products, such as standardized packaging.
The European Commission believes that its proposed revisions to the Tobacco Products Directive would, if adopted, have limited adverse impact on the tobacco industry – and some positive impacts.
“The adoption of the proposal for a revised Tobacco Products Directive was preceded by a thorough impact assessment, including an assessment of the economic impacts on the tobacco industry, their upstream suppliers (e.g. growers, ingredients suppliers, paper industry) and downstream distributors (wholesale, retail),” the commission stated in a written answer to questions posed by the Czech MEP, Ivo Strejček.
“It is estimated that the proposal will result in a reduction in the consumption of tobacco products of no more than 2 percent within a five year period following the transposition of the Directive. The adverse impact on the industry would therefore remain limited. Jobs lost in the production of cigarettes would be offset by the creation of jobs in other sectors, reflecting ex-smokers’ expenditure on such sectors.
“In addition, the proposal is expected to lead to some benefits for the industry through reduced production costs as a result of harmonization (one … production line instead of different production lines to comply with different national rules) and through the expected reduction in illicit trade (as a result of the proposed measures on tracking and tracing of products). Even the most specialized tobacco retailers do not generate more than 50 percent of their revenues from tobacco products, thus the impact is not expected to be disproportionate.”
The commission said that to avoid imposing an unnecessary burden on small- to medium-sized enterprises, pipe tobacco, cigars and cigarillos were exempted from the stricter labelling and ingredients rules that the revisions proposed for other tobacco products. The proposal, it added, was neutral in respect of the different types of tobacco, Virginia, Burley and oriental. This meant that smaller farms involved in Burley and oriental tobacco production would not be affected.