The Guaranteed of E-Liquid AFNOR Certification

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What is AFNOR?

AFNOR is the Association Française de Standardisation [French Standardisation Association]. The monitor of standardisation in France, AFNOR Standardisation assists and advises professionals in the drawing up of voluntary national and international standards. For more information about AFNOR: http://standardisation .afnor.org/

With the help of health professionals, consumer associations and FIVAPE, AFNOR was behind the world’s first standard relating to vaping products: Experimental Standard XP D90-300.

There are three different parts relating to vaping products at the present time:

• Part 1 (March 2015) relates to materials (e-cig, box, clearomiser, etc.): it sets forth the general requirements for e-cigs utilised with e-liquids, whether or not they contain nicotine. It does not apply to devices containing tobacco.
• Part 2 (March 2015) concerns e-liquids: it specifies the general requirements relating to safety and information for e-liquids and the packaging thereof, whether or not the liquids contain nicotine. It also suggests methods of analysis.
• Part 3 (July 2016) is specific to emissions (material/e-liquid combination).

These standards are experimental and are voluntary, in particular.

The AFNOR E-Liquid certification offers several guarantees, particularly:
Strict selection of the raw materials utilised (PG, VG and European or American Pharmacopoeia quality nicotine).
The exclusion of ingredients such as heavy metals, sugars and sweeteners, vegetable and mineral oils, vitamins and minerals, stimulant additives, substances that give off formaldehyde and other CMR- (carcinogenic, mutagenic, reprotoxic) and STOT (Class 1 Specific Toxicity of the Respiratory Tract) classified substances, etc.
Control of the concentration in e-liquids of the following substances, which may present a risk of inhalation, the maximum content of which has been fixed: diacetyl, acrolein, acetaldehyde, formaldehyde.
Consumer information on the product and assistance offered by Internet and telephone.

The XP D90-300 standart, Part 2, only concerns e-liquids. For this reason, the concentrates aromas cannot fall within this perimeter.
What is more, the certification is granted to an e-liquid, not to a manufacturer. Also, a request for certification must be made for each new product. This explains why some of our e-liquids have not obtained their official certification must be made for each new product. This explains why some of our e-liquids have not obtained their official certification but their files are still being processed.

To date, apart from the standards XP D90-300, there is only one other supervisory standard specifically aimed at vaping products, and that is PAS 54115, which managed by the BSI, an English control body which defines standards to be respected for production. Nevertheless, e-liquids may fall within the broader perimeters of certification such as the Origine France Garantie [French Origin Guarantee] certification from Eco Cert. These standards are related to the origin of the raw materials utilised, rather than the quality of the composition.