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AFNOR: the published standards will structure the market!

AFNOR: the published standards will structure the market!

Published the 2 April, thethe first two voluntary standards in the world for e-cigarettes and e-liquids, establish safety and quality criteria and promote better information for consumers. They will help stabilize the vape market.

 The XP D90-300-1 (Electronic Cigarettes) and XP D90-300-2 (e-liquids) standards are now available to all manufacturers, suppliers, testing laboratories and distributors who will take responsibility for them. comply. They aim to reassure users, promote good products and support the development of this market weighing more than 400 million euros in sales in France.
 These are technical documents that provide a foundation of strong recommendations for designing and testing products before they are placed on the market. The XP D90-300-1 standard aims in particular to prevent the risks of overheating of the electronic cigarette. For e-liquids, the XP D90-300-2 standard defines, among other things, a list of products, either authorized or prohibited, as well as requirements for the container. Due to the content of the standards, transparency requirements will lead manufacturers to precisely inform users about the products offered for sale.
 These voluntary standards incorporate the main requirements of the European regulation that will be transposed into French law in June 2016. They are therefore a preferred way of meeting immediate future requirements for product quality and safety.
A third voluntary standard will be finalized in the summer of 2015: it will focus on the characterization of emissions. It is important to underline that the first two French standards will be the basis of draft European standards. France chairs this work within the European Committee for Standardization (CEN); a first meeting is scheduled for June 2015.

How will professionals use these standards?


 Manufacturers, suppliers, distributors and testing laboratories can obtain the standards on the site www.afnor.org/editions . They will allow them to change their practices and requirements vis-à-vis their suppliers.
 Market players are free to self-declare respectful of the norm (without external control). The manufacturer then assumes his responsibility, proving himself compliance in the event of a request from an authority. In the event of abusive use of the AFNOR standard, the consumer code sanctions this type of misleading commercial practice of 37 500 euros maximum for the natural person and 187 500 euros for the legal person.

 Professionals can use an independent body to verify compliance with the criteria of the standard and certify certification.

Sourceafnor.org

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