It's established best practice to use internationally validated methods, standards and technical specifications for regulatory testing, for example those published by the International Standards Organisation (ISO).
Methods that have not been validated to a sufficiently high level can lead to unsound data, and cannot be relied upon for regulatory or manufacturer testing. This puts product standards at the centre of responsible manufacturing, and key to ensuring both regulatory and public confidence. As the electronic vapour sector continues to develop, it is essential that responsible manufacturers participate in this, contributing their extensive product knowledge.
International standards committees bring together experts to share knowledge and develop robust, consensus-based standards that support product safety, quality, innovation and regulatory compliance.
There are currently two international standards bodies working on vapour product standardisation, both established in 2015. At the European level, CEN Technical Committee 437 addresses ‘electronic cigarettes and e-liquids’, and at the international level, ISO TC 126 Subcommittee 3 addresses ‘vape and vapour products’.
Regulatory and policy bodies including the EU and the World Health Organisation’s Framework Convention on Tobacco Control are following the development of product standards for Electronic Vapour Products.