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Vape Safe – demonstrating
excellence in compliance

Since the introduction of TPD, the majority of professional and responsible vaping companies have invested in consumer safety, and have taken many careful steps to confirm their products are compliant and safe to vape. However, in the market place there are a number of rogue sellers with a disregard for consumer safety and well-being.

Consumers can be unsure of which products they can trust because they do not know how to research and establish who the reputable seller is, and who the rogue is.

Building consumer confidence in your products and brands with Vape Safe

We have produced a new universal trademark for our customers to use to promote safe electronic cigarette and vape products. The artwork for the trademark is released to you once we have comprehensively assessed your products for safety and they have been listed with the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) and ourselves on tpd.expert.

Resource: tpd.expert

Providing reassurance to consumers

Our goal with Vape Safe is to help inform your customers that as a responsible manufacturer your products have been rigorously tested against all current regulatory compliance and legislation.

Supporting the vaping industry

Our mission is to help and support vaping companies. We care about you as our customers and we want you, in turn to show your customers that you care too. Vape Safe allows you to let customers know that you have invested in their safety and well-being – strengthening your brand and reinforcing your values.

How to apply to use Vape Safe

If you would like to use Vape Safe please call the team today. We look forward to hearing from you soon.

We can help your business succeed

We care about our customers and ensuring they have access to affordable compliance services to enable their businesses to grow.

Compliance strengthens brands – consumers naturally have a higher level of confidence in tested, approved products. Compliant products have a leading edge in the market place, when compared to non-tested brands and products.

Work with scientists, work with us

Experts in science

Consult with a compliance agency with an excellent in-depth understanding of the science behind their work.

Reliable results

Our testing is completed in our own state of the art ISO 17025 accredited laboratory, providing results you can trust.

Numbers to trust

We have immense experience in providing compliance with over 1,500,000 TPD notifications since May 2016.

Get in touch today

We’re delighted to meet with you and look forward to working with you soon. Contact ADACT using the buttons below…

Classification, Labelling &
Packaging (CLP) Review

The Classification, Labelling and Packaging (CLP) Regulation 1272 was introduced in 2008 to ensure there is a high level of protection of health and the environment in the EU.

One its main aims is to determine whether a substance / mixture displays properties that lead to a hazardous classification. When toxicological data meets the classification criteria, the hazards of a substance / mixture are identified by assigning a certain hazard class and category.

Once a substance or mixture is classified, the identified hazards must be communicated to other in the supply chain, including consumers. Hazard labelling allows the hazard classification, with labels and safety data sheets, to be communicated to the user of a substance or mixture, to alert them about the presence of a hazard and the need to manage the associated risks.

CLP sets detailed criteria for the labelling elements: pictograms, signal words and standard statements for hazard, prevention, response, storage and disposal, for every hazard class and category. It also sets general packaging standards to ensure the safe supply of hazardous substances and mixtures.

Who is CLP for?

Anyone involved in the manufacture, import, distribution or sale of e-liquids, flavours, bases, shots and short fills needs to adhere to CLP regulations.

Helping business comply with CLP and advertising standards

Labelling and packaging e-liquid and vaping products to the requirements of CLP and the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) is a tricky exercise. With our expertise in regulatory compliance and in-depth experience in helping our clients in this field, let us take care of your products.

We will review your product’s labelling and packaging while you are in the design stage. This will help to get your products to regulatory standard the first time, ensuring you won’t suffer a loss due to product recalls or for legal implications.

Resource: www.echa.europa.eu/regulations/clp/understanding-clp

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We can help your business succeed

We care about our customers and ensuring they have access to affordable compliance services to enable their businesses to grow.

Compliance strengthens brands – consumers naturally have a higher level of confidence in tested, approved products. Compliant products have a leading edge in the market place, when compared to non-tested brands and products.

Work with scientists, work with us

Experts in science

Consult with a compliance agency with an excellent in-depth understanding of the science behind their work.

Reliable results

Our testing is completed in our own state of the art ISO 17025 accredited laboratory, providing results you can trust.

Numbers to trust

We have immense experience in providing compliance with over 1,500,000 TPD notifications since May 2016.

Get in touch today

We’re delighted to meet with you and look forward to working with you soon. Contact ADACT using the buttons below…

Safety data sheets (SDS)

REACH (Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals) Regulation EC No 1907/2006 Annex II, 2019 is a regulation of the EU designed to improve the protection of human health and the environment from the risks than can be posed from chemicals.

Under REACH Regulation EC No 1907/2006 Annex II, it is a legal requirement for electronic cigarette and vaping companies to provide a compliant safety sheet for all chemical mixtures sold – zero nicotine short fills and products that do contain nicotine, also require safety sheets.

What information is required on safety sheets to be REACH compliant?

Annex II is complex. In brief, it requires: identification of the mixture, hazard identification, composition of ingredients, first aid measures, firefighting measures, accidental release measures, handling and storage data, exposure controls, physical and chemical properties, stability and reactivity data, toxicological and ecological data, disposal considerations, transport details, regulatory information.

The aim of REACH is to protect human health, particularly children – ensure your sheets support this aim. Beware, some companies are cutting corners and producing low cost sheets from unqualified staff, which do not meet the new requirements and are not legal in the EU.

Produced by qualified, trained experts

Our staff have been fully trained and are qualified to produce REACH 2019 compliant safety sheets. We have the ability to produce sheets in any language for ease of compliance around the globe.

To produce a safety data sheet, a full formulation of a product is required. ADACT is well positioned to provide this service, especially if we have completed regulatory compliance on your products, because we have all the existing formulation data. Ideally, a safety sheet should be provided before, or at the time of first delivery of a substance or mixture. If new information on hazards or risk management measures becomes available at a later date, the SDS can be updated accordingly and without delay.

Enhanced accuracy

We base our classifications on full data for greater accuracy, with clear links to REACH dossiers. This helps us to ensure the most up to date substance information is included. We also enhance accuracy in these ways;

  • Due to our excellent relationships with flavouring manufacturers, our mixture classifications are based on full formulation data. This allows us to identify potential labelling requirements caused by flavouring substances.
  • Our SDS authoring system is linked to leading REACH dossiers to allow us to produce the most up to date product classifications

SDS for non-vape products

Due to our uniquely scientific background, we offer our SDS service to companies who have products outside of the electronic cigarette and vaping industry. Some examples of recent non-vape SDS sheets we’ve recently completed include: CBD products, cosmetics, candles and household chemical products.

We can help your business succeed

We care about our customers and ensuring they have access to affordable compliance services to enable their businesses to grow.

Compliance strengthens brands – consumers naturally have a higher level of confidence in tested, approved products. Compliant products have a leading edge in the market place, when compared to non-tested brands and products.

Work with scientists, work with us

Experts in science

Consult with a compliance agency with an excellent in-depth understanding of the science behind their work.

Reliable results

Our testing is completed in our own state of the art ISO 17025 accredited laboratory, providing results you can trust.

Numbers to trust

We have immense experience in providing compliance with over 1,500,000 TPD notifications since May 2016.

Get in touch today

We’re delighted to meet with you and look forward to working with you soon. Contact ADACT using the buttons below…

Lab Support services

E-liquid manufacturers have a responsibility to ensure their products are manufactured to the exact specification laid out in their Standard Operating Procedure (SOP).

MHRA require quality control release test for vaping manufacturing

The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) have published guidance requiring electronic cigarette and vape companies to have a quality control (QC) release test in place for their manufacturing facility.

  • As part of our Lab Support services we analyse the following:
    nicotine assay – to confirm the correct blend and nicotine strength
  • pH against specification – to confirm the correct flavour blend
  • product viscosity – to confirm the correct base blend and flavour blend
  • boiling point – to confirm the product specification and consistency
  • particle size distribution – to confirm the ingredient quality and consistency

Build excellence into your everyday practices

Setting up a laboratory in-house to do this testing is complex and expensive. Let us take care of this for you. We are available to provide this testing service to ensure your products are manufactured to the highest quality and consistency.

We can help your business succeed

We care about our customers and ensuring they have access to affordable compliance services to enable their businesses to grow.

Compliance strengthens brands – consumers naturally have a higher level of confidence in tested, approved products. Compliant products have a leading edge in the market place, when compared to non-tested brands and products.

Work with scientists, work with us

Experts in science

Consult with a compliance agency with an excellent in-depth understanding of the science behind their work.

Reliable results

Our testing is completed in our own state of the art ISO 17025 accredited laboratory, providing results you can trust.

Numbers to trust

We have immense experience in providing compliance with over 1,500,000 TPD notifications since May 2016.

Get in touch today

We’re delighted to meet with you and look forward to working with you soon. Contact ADACT using the buttons below…

Vitamin E Acetate Testing

Vitamin E helps maintain healthy skin and eyes and strengthen the body’s natural defence against illness and infection – the immune system. Good sources include plant oils, nuts and seeds and wheatgerm.

What happens if I take too much vitamin E?

Any vitamin E your body doesn’t use, is stored for future use, so you don’t need it in your diet every day. In the UK, the Department of Health and Social Care advise people taking supplements, not to take too high a dose as there is not enough evidence about its possible side effects.

THC and vitamin E under suspicion as US reports lung injuries

In October 2019, the Centre for Disease Control (CDC) from 49 US states reported 1,604 cases of lung disease and 34 deaths, largely amongst young men under the age of 21. The CDC found THC-containing products, which were bought off the street or from illicit dealers, were the cause, though were yet to identify the specific substance(s).

Vitamin E Acetate oil, which is used as a cutting agent in vape juices and cannabis extracts, also came under suspicion.

Vitamin E acetate oil analysis

Vitamin E acetate oil is not permitted in e-cigarettes. Our precise analysis detects trace levels of vitamin E acetate present in your sample. We are able to help reassure your customers with our independent screening of your products – we can formally certify that your products are free from contamination.

Expert scientists delivering results that you can trust

Feel confident with the results of a comprehensive method using state of the art techniques and equipment to detect contamination in your products from our ISO 17025 accredited laboratory.

We can help your business succeed

We care about our customers and ensuring they have access to affordable compliance services to enable their businesses to grow.

Compliance strengthens brands – consumers naturally have a higher level of confidence in tested, approved products. Compliant products have a leading edge in the market place, when compared to non-tested brands and products.

Work with scientists, work with us

Experts in science

Consult with a compliance agency with an excellent in-depth understanding of the science behind their work.

Reliable results

Our testing is completed in our own state of the art ISO 17025 accredited laboratory, providing results you can trust.

Numbers to trust

We have immense experience in providing compliance with over 1,500,000 TPD notifications since May 2016.

Get in touch today

We’re delighted to meet with you and look forward to working with you soon. Contact ADACT using the buttons below…

E-liquid Stability
Shelf life Testing

MHRA requires chemical stability or shelf life testing. The UK’s Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) have published guidelines for manufacturers of electronic cigarette and vape e-liquids requiring them to demonstrate the chemical stability of their products – also known as product shelf life.

One item that can greatly affect the chemical stability or shelf life of a product is the flavour compounds. Because of this and an ever increasing range of new flavour components, it is becoming more important to test for product stability.

The benefits of working with ADACT

1. ISO 17025 accredited laboratory services

From our ISO accredited laboratory, ADACT offers a full chemical stability testing service, which uses high-end accelerated testing cabinets and allow us to preview up to two years of product degradation in just six months.

For the most accurate result, we ask for randomly picked samples from the start, middle and end of a single production batch. During the test a product will be kept in its original packaging for distribution and sale at 20°C in an incubator and at 35°C with added humidity.

2. Accelerated time testing

Our state of the art laboratory has secure stability storage allowing us to do both ambient and accelerated testing and confirm your product’s shelf life in the shorting possible time.

3. Experienced scientific team leading the way

Our experienced team provides the confidence that your samples are being analysed by the most appropriate methods and qualified team in the industry.

We can help your business succeed

We care about our customers and ensuring they have access to affordable compliance services to enable their businesses to grow.

Compliance strengthens brands – consumers naturally have a higher level of confidence in tested, approved products. Compliant products have a leading edge in the market place, when compared to non-tested brands and products.

Work with scientists, work with us

Experts in science

Consult with a compliance agency with an excellent in-depth understanding of the science behind their work.

Reliable results

Our testing is completed in our own state of the art ISO 17025 accredited laboratory, providing results you can trust.

Numbers to trust

We have immense experience in providing compliance with over 1,500,000 TPD notifications since May 2016.

Get in touch today

We’re delighted to meet with you and look forward to working with you soon. Contact ADACT using the buttons below…

CBD: Novel Foods Application

Novel foods are foods that have not been widely consumed by people in the UK or EU before May 1997. This means that the foods don’t have a ‘history of consumption’. Before a novel food can be legally marketed in the UK, it is required to have a pre-market safety assessment and authorisation.

Hemp and related products, such as cold-pressed oils, are not novel because there is evidence to show a history of consumption before May 1997. This is not the case for CBD extracts.

Note: Application deadline fast approaching
The application deadline for CBD Novel Foods is 31 March 2021. With only a few months to go, companies must act now if they wish their products to remain on the market.

CBD Novel Foods

In January 2019, the status of CBD as a novel food was confirmed and added to the Novel Foods Catalogue. Currently, there are no authorised CBD extracts or isolates on the market. Food businesses must apply for authorisations of their CBD extracts and isolates.

ISO 17025 Accredited laboratory

With our own ISO 17025 accredited laboratory, ADACT is a leader in the testing of CBD products. We have designed a process to conduct testing on CBD as a novel food.

We will conduct the analytical work and stability studies needed to support your application through every step of the process and support your application with a full exposure related safety and toxicology assessment, ADME, genotoxicology assessment and allergen assessments.

How we work

The first component of the application is a feasibility assessment. This is a low cost process required to assess your readiness for a novel food application. A Good Agricultural Practice (GAP) is used to reveal everything that has happened to a crop from before it was planted, throughout the growth and harvest, and ultimately through to the final processing and delivery.

From this, we then go on to audit your own manufacturing processes and finished products. This helps us to ensure you have all the elements needed for a novel food application and to find any weaknesses early on before embarking on a formal application. This step alone instantly gives the pending application the kudos of a full bank of data.

Next, is the compilation of your actual novel food application. We are working with a number of companies who are compiling the data needed for novel food applications and because the data is very similar from one application to the next (apart from some product specific components) there is a huge opportunity to share the costs of putting together the background data.

This along with the fact all our testing is done in our own ISO 17025 accredited laboratory results in considerable cost savings for a typical customer’s complete novel food application.

Isolate and broad spectrum

There are two classes of novel food application service, CBD isolate and CBD broad spectrum. The process for CBD isolate products is clear and ADACT have been actively doing these for some time now. The process for CBD broad spectrum products is much less clear at this time.

We are developing and implementing a herbal monograph approach to CBD broad spectrum and encourage you to get in touch early on if you have products in this segment.

Novel Foods Application deadline

Fully validated, novel food authorisations need to be made by 31 March 2021. After this date, only products for which the FSA has a valid application will be allowed to remain on the market.

MCCS

Our Medical Cannabis Clinicians Society membership

Since 2019 ADACT has been a registered member of The Medical Cannabis Clinicians Society (MCCS). Through this leading network of UK clinicians, MCCS is dedicated to changing lives with medical cannabis treatments. Their mission is to bring safe, legal and effective cannabis treatments to end users by providing evidence, education, training, guidance and support.

CBD Novel Foods Application decision tree

Is your product a novel food?

If you aren’t sure, this download will help. Provide your details below to download our CBD Novel Food Application decision tree…

We can help your business succeed

We care about our customers and ensuring they have access to affordable compliance services to enable their businesses to grow.

Compliance strengthens brands – consumers naturally have a higher level of confidence in tested, approved products. Compliant products have a leading edge in the market place, when compared to non-tested brands and products.

Work with scientists, work with us

Experts in science

Consult with a compliance agency with an excellent in-depth understanding of the science behind their work.

Reliable results

Our testing is completed in our own state of the art ISO 17025 accredited laboratory, providing results you can trust.

Numbers to trust

We have immense experience in providing compliance with over 1,500,000 TPD notifications since May 2016.

Get in touch today

We’re delighted to meet with you and look forward to working with you soon. Contact ADACT using the buttons below…

Device Testing

Companies selling electronic cigarettes, vape devices, pens, cigalikes, tanks, pods, disposables and Rebuildable Tank Atomizers (RTA) are required to prove their safety and compliance in the markets in which they are sold.

Electronic cigarette and vape devices need to be notified under Tobacco Products Directive (TPD) before they can be legally sold in the UK and the EU. A full regulatory compliance test of the product, including the battery, needs to be undertaken.

Key elements of device testing include:

  • an emissions test for degradant products
  • test of metals and silicates
  • a nicotine consistency test

After successful testing, we file a TPD notification for your product to sell in Europe.

The benefits of working with ADACT

 

1. Scientific expertise in device testing

Device testing is without doubt the most challenging area of testing within the electronic cigarette and vaping industry. We are scientists and we have a proven, track record that is respected and trusted by vaping companies and industry bodies such as the MHRA, to deliver such complex services.

2. Device testing for the United States – PMTA

As an extension to our standard device testing service, ADACT are also able to undertake Pre-Market Tobacco Product Application (PMTA) grade device testing for the United States from our own ISO 17025 accredited laboratory.

3. Certification and web listing on tpd.expert

We list our clients products on our own TPD directory – tpd.expert. This is used by Trading Standards and the MHRA to check which products are compliant.

Resource: tpd.expert

Vape Safe

4. Vape Safe – passionate about consumer safety

We have developed our universal trademark so you can show your customers that you care about their safety. We call this Vape Safe.

Resource: Vape Safe

5. Future proof your compliance

Work with excellent scientists who provide a first-class service. Recently, we were contacted by a company who had used a cheap tick-box compliance service. Two years later, the regulators informed them the tox data was incomplete and they couldn’t sell their products. The original company would not put it right – they didn’t know how to. We stepped in, waived our usual fees and put everything right. As a result, the company has spent more money on compliance and lost valuable revenue. Buy right first time.

Other compliance requirements

• Pre-Market Tobacco Product Application (PMTA)

We can help your business succeed

We care about our customers and ensuring they have access to affordable compliance services to enable their businesses to grow.

Compliance strengthens brands – consumers naturally have a higher level of confidence in tested, approved products. Compliant products have a leading edge in the market place, when compared to non-tested brands and products.

Work with scientists, work with us

Experts in science

Consult with a compliance agency with an excellent in-depth understanding of the science behind their work.

Reliable results

Our testing is completed in our own state of the art ISO 17025 accredited laboratory, providing results you can trust.

Numbers to trust

We have immense experience in providing compliance with over 1,500,000 TPD notifications since May 2016.

Get in touch today

We’re delighted to meet with you and look forward to working with you soon. Contact ADACT using the buttons below…

Tobacco Extracts

The use of tobacco extracts and essential oils in electronic cigarette and vaping products seems counter intuitive for people trying to get away from the harmful affects of tobacco, however it is largely the combustion of tobacco that causes most of the damage rather than the flavour itself.

A number of tobacco flavours found in electronic cigarette and vaping products rely on tobacco extracts to achieve the realistic flavour profiles that customers desire. Whilst tobacco extracts are a great way of achieving a genuine flavour – their use raises unique regulatory compliance issues, which we at ADACT are perfectly suited to handle.

Testing for carcinogenic ingredients

There are of course many other complications with tobacco extract products, which ADACT are well suited to undertake thanks to our over 20 years’ experience of medical regulatory compliance within the pharmaceutical, biotechnology, medical devices, herbal medicines and supplements sectors.

While tobacco extracts give an authentic flavour, one of the key issues is the presence of Tobacco-Specific Nitrosamines (TSNA) – known carcinogenic compounds found in tobacco extracts. Some of the most carcinogenic TSNA’s include:

  • Nicotine-derived nitrosamine ketone (NNK)
  • N-Nitrosonornicotine (NNN)
  • N-Nitrosoanatabine (NAT)
  • N-Nitrosoanabasine (NAB)

Under Tobacco Products Directive (TPD), if producers wish to use tobacco extracts in their products, they must conduct testing to confirm and certify the extracts are free from carcinogenic TSNA’s.

The complications

There are of course many other complications with tobacco extract products, which ADACT are well suited to undertake thanks to our over 20 years’ experience of medical regulatory compliance within the pharmaceutical, biotechnology, medical devices, herbal medicines and supplements sectors.

We can help your business succeed

We care about our customers and ensuring they have access to affordable compliance services to enable their businesses to grow.

Compliance strengthens brands – consumers naturally have a higher level of confidence in tested, approved products. Compliant products have a leading edge in the market place, when compared to non-tested brands and products.

Work with scientists, work with us

Experts in science

Consult with a compliance agency with an excellent in-depth understanding of the science behind their work.

Reliable results

Our testing is completed in our own state of the art ISO 17025 accredited laboratory, providing results you can trust.

Numbers to trust

We have immense experience in providing compliance with over 1,500,000 TPD notifications since May 2016.

Get in touch today

We’re delighted to meet with you and look forward to working with you soon. Contact ADACT using the buttons below…