The MHRA are supposed to be holding a consultation on what to do with the electronic cigarette.
Yet according to a leaked trading standards letter the decision has already been made – before the end of the consultation!
The letter, which was sent to us by Kate of Vaper’s Network, states:
“The outcome will be that of a date (yet to be announced) there will be a 21 days period and then these products will be outright banned in the UK, unless the traders apply for certification as a medical device from the MHRA. This process could be costly and expensive so it is expected that many traders will cease trading.”
Industry consultant Katherine Devlin has been in contact with the MHRA who confirmed that the letter was genuine. However, they maintain that the writer was mistaken.
I must admit, I am completely and utterly shocked by this letter. Not only does the letter suggest that the consultation has been a sham, but also that the MHRA plans to deliberately force UK traders out of existence by making a licensing procedure both expensive and complicated. And this is the same MHRA which admitted in their consultation document that electronic cigarettes could save hundreds of lives a year!
The MHRA were recently strongly criticized by the UK Regulatory Policy Committee on a number of grounds, including that there was insufficient evidence that the e-cigarette posed any danger to public health – see UK Policy Committee Slams MHRA Over E-Cigarette Consultation.
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