Product Standards


The New Zealand Vaping Alliance believes that the UK is leading the way in terms of establishing a Standards Based approach for e-cigarettes and believes regulators in New Zealand should look to adopt as part of any legislative move in this country.



The following is from the British Standards Institution (BSI), the world’s first National Standards Body recognised as champions of best practice.




BSI, the business standards company, has collaborated with the Electronic Cigarette Industry Trade Association (ECITA) to develop PAS 54115 Vaping products, including electronic cigarettes, e-liquids, e-shisha and directly-related products – Manufacture, importation, testing and labelling – Guide.


Worldwide, 40,000 people a day are switching from tobacco to some form of vapour inhaler. And as the vaping market grows, so does the chance of unlicensed or rogue products being sold to the general public or to children.


To highlight the importance of safety and quality for consumers who wish to have access to vaping products (VP), PAS 54115 gives guidance on:


·       The manufacture, import, labelling, marketing and sale of VP, including electronic cigarettes, e-shishas and DIY e-liquid mixing kits and directly related products

·       Purity of e-liquid ingredients, potential contaminants from device materials and potential emissions from device operation, electrical safety, and metals and carbonyls in emissions

·       Test solution-liquid, and an outline for the toxicological and chemical analysis of emissions

·       Safety of batteries and chargers  


Note that this standard is not intended to cover: products licensed as medicinal products or medical devices; “heat not burn” or other tobacco products; wireless communication features built in to vaping devices; products which can be used in or as vaping products but which are sold for other purposes, such as food flavourings sold in supermarkets.


If you are a producer or distributor of vaping products, then PAS 54115 will help you to maintain the safety and quality of your products, and demonstrate the same to regulators. The standard will also benefit laboratories and organizations that test vaping products.


What is PAS?


A Publicly Available Specification (PAS) is a sponsored fast track standard driven by the needs of the client organisations and developed according to guidelines set out by BSI. Key stakeholders are brought together to collaboratively produce a BSI-endorsed PAS that has all the functionality of a British Standard for the purposes of creating management systems, product benchmarks and codes of practice.


In not more than two years from the date of publication a PAS is reviewed to determine whether amendment or revision is required or whether it should be considered for conversion to a formal British Standard.