EU Common Entry Gate (EU-CEG)

Providing information on tobacco products, e-cigarettes and refill containers - The EU Common Entry Gate (EU-CEG)



Submissions to the United Kingdom in respect of Northern Ireland market

As of 1st of January 2021:

  • The reporting by the manufacturers of products for UK and (UK Travel Retail) main island (Great Britain) market will no longer be done via the European Union system EU-CEG.
  • The reporting of products for the Northern Ireland area will continue to be done via EU-CEG.

For data integrity reasons, the code “GB” will be maintained at XML level but as of 1st of January 2021 will only be linked to Northern Ireland market in the EU-CEG context. In the new release of the XML Creator Tool (1.4.0) for the National Markets selection, the label shown as "United Kingdom" will be changed to "United Kingdom in respect of Northern Ireland" while internal GB code will be kept

We remind that the latest release of the XML Creator Tool complemented with a release note and a new comprehensive user guide are available for download in the CIRCABC online library for both Tobacco and E-Cigarette stakeholders group. All valid XML files generated with previous versions of the tool remain fully compatible until further notice

For your reference, the British government has also put online transition guides how notify a tobacco or herbal product to Public Health England and how to notify e-cigarettes to the Medicines Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency.

This includes information on:   

  • ingredients
  • emissions
  • toxological data.

The IT tool for providing this information is called the EU Common Entry Gate (EU-CEG).

Other products

In some EU countries, EU-CEG can be used to provide information on other products, such as:

  • novel tobacco products
  • herbal smoking products
  • nicotine-free e-cigarettes.

Information requirements

The information manufacturers and importers need to provide is set out in 2 implementing decisions:

About EU-CEG

EU-CEG is designed to reduce administrative burden for companies and regulators, and make it easier to compare data. The tool was developed by the European Commission, working closely with Member States and industry stakeholders. It became operational in May 2016.

It remains available for submission of information from submitters to the UK authorities during the transition period (31 December 2020).