MHRA Update Email #13: EU-CEG, Non-compliant products, Invoices, Publications and new products

Repost of the latest MHRA email for those that don't get it directly.

Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency

Hello from the MHRA e-cigarettes team

Thank you to everyone who worked hard to get their submissions into us last week. Up until the deadline of 21 November, we received over 10,000 product notifications on the EU-CEG portal, though are aware that some of you are still experiencing difficulties with the submission process.
In this email, we discuss the EU-CEG, non-compliant products, invoices, publications and submitting new products. 


We have received a significant number of emails to telling us about difficulties with submissions via the EU-CEG portal and late receipt of submitter IDs.  Please keep us informed of progress and confirm when you have successfully completed all your submissions.
If you realise you should have submitted notifications but have not yet contacted us, please email as soon as possible so that we can discuss how to resolve the situation.  We and local Trading Standards teams are working with companies across the sector to promote compliance.

Non-compliant products

We would like to remind you that products which do not comply with the regulations may no longer be produced (manufactured or imported) in the UK.  Manufacturers and importers may only continue to sell non-compliant products if they have been notified.  This does not affect products in the retail supply chain.  Retailers who are not manufacturers or importers may continue to sell products they have in stock until 19 May 2017.

Invoicing notifications

We have sent out invoices for all submissions received up to 31 October and will soon be sending out invoices for those received by 21 November.  Invoices will be sent out each week thereafter for new notifications.  MHRA bank details are:
Sort Code 60-70-80
Account No 10004386
Swift Code NWBKGB2L
IBAN GB68NWBK60708010004386 

Publication of notifications

MHRA intends to publish a simple spreadsheet listing of all notifications received.  This is an interim solution until we can download, check and publish full details of notifications from the EU-CEG portal. We expect the spreadsheet to list:
  • Date notification made to EU-CEG
  • Submitter company name
  • Product type
  • Product ID number
  • Brand name(s)
  • Product launch date
  • TPD compliance status

We expect to publish the first spreadsheet before Christmas and will update it regularly after that.  

Introducing new products after 21 November

From 22 November, notifications must be made for all new products six months before you intend to place the product on the market.  We intend to publish details of new notifications on the same spreadsheet as above.  Once your product is listed on the spreadsheet, you can launch your product in the UK.  You do not need to wait for the remainder of the 6 month period to elapse before you place your product on the UK market.

Any other queries

As ever, if you have any technical enquires about the e-cigarette notification scheme under the Tobacco Products Directive, or the work of the MHRA, please send them to our enquiries inbox:
Thank you for your time in reading and sharing this email with your contacts. We look forward to hearing from you.

Mark Wilcox

Campaigns Specialist
Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency
151 Buckingham Palace Road, London SW1W 9SZ, UK 

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