Opening up of the United Arab Emirates for the Vaping Industry

Opening up of the United Arab Emirates for the Vaping Industry

The other big news that is moving the industry is the opening up of the United Arab Emirates for the vaping industry, and the news is a little good and little bad. Basically they are wanting TPD standards and notification but with some key differences that do add to the complexity of and expense of it. Firstly you have to show your products are stable for the duration of your shelf life, that requires a stability study, in an accredited laboratory, not a big job but slow and has some costs associated with it. Then you need to do your emissions test in an accredited laboratory, for the TPD you just need validated tested not accredited testing so it’s a lightly higher bar. Finally you need to manufacture the product to ISO standards, which for a lot of companies is something they are already doing, for others it would be a big step up. Once you have all this data ready you need to submit it for approval, and you cant sell until your approved. The filing costs are £1500 (TBC) and you can file 20 SKUs at a time. So the market is there and I am sure a lot of companies will be heading over there. We have had several enquiries to date.