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Draft decision regarding temporary regulations with regard to the electronic cigarette (Temporary Commodities Act for electronic cigarette).

Notification Number: 2014/324/NL (Netherlands )
Date received: 08/07/2014
End of Standstill: 09/10/2014

Issue of comments by: Commission,Hungary
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Message 002

Communication from the Commission - TRIS/(2014) 01939
Directive 98/34/EC
Translation of the message 001
Notification: 2014/0324/NL

No abre el plazo - Nezahajuje odklady - Fristerne indledes ikke - Kein Fristbeginn - Viivituste perioodi ei avata - Καμμία έναρξη προθεσμίας - Does not open the delays - N'ouvre pas de délais - Non fa decorrere la mora - Neietekmē atlikšanu - Atidėjimai nepradedami - Nem nyitja meg a késéseket - Ma’ jiftaħx il-perijodi ta’ dawmien - Geen termijnbegin - Nie otwiera opóźnień - Nao inicia o prazo - Neotvorí oneskorenia - Ne uvaja zamud - Määräaika ei ala tästä - Inleder ingen frist - Не се предвижда период на прекъсване - Nu deschide perioadele de stagnare - Nu deschide perioadele de stagnare.

(MSG: 201401939.EN)

1. Structured Information Line
MSG 002 IND 2014 0324 NL EN 08-07-2014 NL NOTIF

2. Member State

3. Department Responsible
Ministerie van Financiën
Belastingdienst/Douane centrale dienst voor in- en uitvoer

3. Originating Department
Ministerie van Volksgezondheid, Welzijn en Sport, Directie Wetgeving en Juridische Zaken

4. Notification Number
2014/0324/NL - C10C

5. Title
Draft decision regarding temporary regulations with regard to the electronic cigarette (Temporary Commodities Act for electronic cigarette).

6. Products Concerned
Electronic cigarettes, refill packages and cartridges, only if they contain or can contain nicotine liquids.

7. Notification Under Another Act

8. Main Content
Articles 2 to 9 may contain technical provisions. For the content of these technical provisions reference is made to Article 20 of Directive 2014/40/EU. Not all items from Directive 2014/40/EU are included, because the current legislation offers no basis for this. Also for the scope of this decision reference is made to the definition of e-cigarette in Directive 2014/40/EU. The requirements in this draft decision do not in any way go beyond the requirements of Directive 2014/40/EU.

Firstly, the technical provisions relate to the (child) safety of the product. The requirements are aimed at avoiding liquid containing nicotine from being released or traded in large quantities. Secondly, the provisions ensure that consumers make an informed choice and are aware of the dangerous properties of the e-cigarette. The draft decision makes it compulsory for specific information to be displayed on the packaging of the e-cigarette and the refill packaging. The packaging must also contain a warning text with regard to the addictive nature of this product.

Not all items from the directive are included in this decision because the Commodities Act does not offer a sufficient basis for this. For example, the Commodities Act does not offer any possibilities to impose the strict advertising restrictions provided for by Directive 2014/40/EU. Instead this decision provides for a compulsory warning text with advertising statements. This requirement also does not go beyond the provisions from Directive 2014/40/EU.

Article 10 contains a provision of mutual recognition. This means that e-cigarettes from other EU countries where comparable provisions are imposed, for instance by early (partial) implementation of Directive 2014/40/EU, are accepted in the Netherlands.

9. Brief Statement of Grounds
From research of the Netherlands Food and Consumer Product Safety Authority (NVWA) and the Netherlands National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM) it is apparent that among other things:
- with refill packages that contain large quantities of nicotine there is a possible risk of nicotine poisoning,
- during advertisements for e-cigarettes the positive properties of the product are especially emphasised while the negative aspects remain underexposed and
- on packages of e-cigarettes and refill packages important information about the nicotine strength, the correct use and the dangers of the e-cigarette is often missing.

Due to the conclusions from this research and the increasing use of the e-cigarette it has been decided to draft this decision and thereby, prior to implementation of Directive 2014/40/EU, draw up regulations in the area of e-cigarette safety and information to consumers about the e-cigarette. These regulations are necessary for the protection of public health. Furthermore the proposed regulations are proportionate because the sale and use of e-cigarettes are not made impossible.

Complete implementation of Directive 2014/40/EU will take place in the future. However, to achieve this an act must be formally amended. Drawing up new secondary legislation is therefore not sufficient. This temporary decision has been opted for in order to be able to draw up regulations in the near future with regard to consumer information and safety.

10. Reference Documents - Basic Texts
There are no basic texts

11. Invocation of the Emergency Procedure

12. Grounds for the Emergency

13. Confidentiality

14. Fiscal measures

15. Impact assessment

16. TBT and SPS aspects
TBT aspect

NO- the draft has no significant impact on international trade.

SPS aspect

No, the draft is not a sanitary or phytosanitary measure

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