Whatever your take on e cigarettes, you can’t fail to notice that they’ve increased in popularity quite rapidly over the past few short years, and according to Fivape, there are approximately 25 million vapers worldwide. Whether people use them as ‘stop smoking aids’, or enjoy the actual act of vaping, you don’t have to travel far to get your hands on vaping products, especially in North America and across Europe.
ISO to look carefully at the vaping phenomenon
As with any new innovation, safety and quality is of the upmost importance, and sadly, there will be those that try to cut corners when it comes to the manufacture and retail of vaping products including e-cigarettes themselves and the e-liquids that go into them. Some countries already have standards put in place to ensure safety for users of vaping products, France and the UK being first to publish voluntary standards. As such, ISO have set up a new subcommittee to discuss the standards required to ensure vapers have a safe and enjoyable experience. ISO/TC 126, which covers Tobacco and tobacco products, SC 3, Vape and vapour products, is due to hold its initial meeting in Japan in October 2016, and is likely to cover the following:
- Determination of what substances are in e-liquids
- Testing methods and conditions for e-liquids and e-cigarettes – to include equipment, emissions, reference products and vaping machines
- Information for users and those retailing these products
- The safety requirements for such products
- The quality requirements for e-liquids and e-cigarettes
A holistic approach to creating a standard
The committee hopes to bring all stakeholders, including consumer representatives, manufacturers and retailers, testing laboratories, health and inspection bodies together to discuss all aspects of vaping, in an effort to standardise this relatively new phenomenon. A number of countries have expressed their interest in this new subcommittee, with 17 indicating a desire to take part in standardisation work.
After initial discussions, the hope is that international standards relating to e-cigarettes and e-liquids will be ready to publish some time in 2018.
Quality matters – in every industry
As more and more standards are developed by ISO in tune with our ever-changing world, there are at least 2 standards that should be considered by most businesses. ISO 9001:2015 and ISO 14001:2015, covering quality and environmental responsibility respectively will certainly come into play in some way when the new standards for any industry are developed and they bring many benefits to businesses looking to trade within their own country or overseas.
If you’re looking into standardisation for your business, or would like to know the benefits of ISO certification, Synergos Consultancy will be happy to help. Bringing a wealth of experience in helping businesses achieve ISO certification, particularly for ISO 9001:2015 and ISO 14001:2015, we can view your business with a fresh pair of eyes, improving efficiency and cutting costs whilst also ensuring you’re ready for certification. To find out more simply call 01484 817 444 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.