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Tobacco Vapes Bill  

The Government has introduced the new Tobacco and Vapes Bill.

It contains:

  • New powers to restrict vape flavours, packaging and change how vapes are displayed in shops to protect children.
  • ‘On the spot’ fines to be introduced to clamp down on underage sales of tobacco and vaping products of £100
  • It will also no longer be legal to give free samples of vapes to under 18s.

Additionally, the government has committed to ban the sale and supply of disposable vapes from April 2025 under separate environmental legislation.

The full announcement can be found at  Smokefree generation one step closer as Bill introduced - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk

Draft legislation on disposable vapes 

Defra’s draft regulations for single-use vapes have now been published. The Environmental Protection (Single-use Vapes) (England) Regulations 2024 draft SI - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

EU Exit

Updated guidance on the latest changes can be found on Gov.uk   

Designation of Electric Toy Safety Standard 

The standard for Electric Toy Safety (EN IEC 62115:2020/A11:2020) has been designated under the Toys (Safety) Regulations 2011 (S.I. 2011/1881) https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/designated-standards-toy-safety

The standard specifies safety requirements for electric toys and makes some changes to increase button and coin battery safety for toys, going beyond the requirements in the existing designated version of the standard (EN 62115:2005). Only the application of the designated standard will give a presumption of conformity to the essential requirements of the Regulations applying to the product.

The reference to the designated standard is accompanied by an informative note which provides additional advisory guidance to business on coin and button batteries safety. The guidance encourages businesses to provide important information to parents and guardians at the point of sale of the toy, as well as information once the toy is in use and the packaging disposed of.

Changes to toys and cosmetics legislation

The first statutory instrument amending the UK toys and cosmetics regulations has been laid before Parliament.  The Toys and Cosmetic Products (Restriction of Chemical Substances) Regulations 2022 make changes to the toy and cosmetic regulations annexes, either entailing an amendment to the permitted level or the prohibition of specific chemicals in toys and cosmetic products.  The changes in respect of CMRs in cosmetics and fragrance allergens in toys came into effect on 15 October, and changes in respect of chemicals assessed by the Scientific Advisory Group on Chemical Safety came into force on 15 December 2022.

You can find out further information by reading the Planned changes to toys and cosmetics regulations GOV.UK news article.

The job of the Trading Standards Service is to protect consumers and legitimate businesses in Newcastle upon Tyne. To do this we enforce government legislation, provide advice for businesses, deal with thousands of consumer complaints and business enquiries every year and investigate and prosecute offenders.

To report someone you suspect of selling illegal goods please:

We have over 8,000 business premises in Newcastle and these include farms, importers, multinational chains and independent start-ups. Before you get started on a new venture, or if you just want to make sure you're doing the right thing, Trading Standards can advise you on the legal requirements of compliance.

Guidance for businesses can be found at Business Companion which offers information on basics of the law, through to in-depth assistance. If you have a specific query, please contact us directly. 

Dealers in second-hand goods within Newcastle must register with the authority under the City of Newcastle upon Tyne Act 2000.

For more information on the work we do, please see our Business Service Plan page. 

Newsletter

The Trading Standards service with the aim of providing updates on our work, produces a newsletter twice a year. To access a copy of our newsletter go to High Standard (pdf 1.7 mb).

Contact

Trading Standards service, Directorate of City Operations, Neighbourhoods and Regulatory Services, Civic Centre, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 8QH. Email: tradingstandards@newcastle.gov.uk   

Did you know?

Trading Standards have duties of enforcement in over 200 pieces of legislation including the licensing of dangerous wild animals, the safety of bicycles and fireworks and the pricing of goods. 

Operation CeCe which is a HMRC sponsored operation delivered by National Trading Standards through local authorities is now fully implemented and achieving significant results across Newcastle.  In 2021-2022 we seized some 611,514 suspected alleged cigarettes together with 194.84 Kg's of suspected alleged Hand Rolling Tobacco. In  2022-2023 we seized some 584,220 suspected illegal cigarettes and 166.15 Kg's of suspected illegal Hand Rolling Tobacco.  

In the first three quarters of 2023-2024 we have seized some 422,880 suspected illegal cigarettes and 136.6 Kg's of suspected illegal Hand Rolling Tobacco.  

When unlicensed premises are found to be selling illegal tobacco and alcohol, they are at risk of prosecutions as well as the possibility of a Closure Order under the provisions of the Anti-social Behaviour Crime and Policing Act 2014. To see where Closure Orders have been applied for by  Northumbria Police and granted on 3 premises in Newcastle go to the Chronicle of the 26 June 2023 and Tyne Tees of the 26 June 2023.    

Since 2021 as part of Operation Joseph which is delivered on behalf of the Government by the National Trading Standards Board, we have seized and removed from the market some 79,400 non-compliant and illegal vaping products. To see an article related to this work go to the Chronicle of the 15 December 2023. 

Need more information?

Trading Standards, Civic Centre, Barras Bridge, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 8QH

0808 2231133

tradingstandards@newcastle.gov.uk

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