SABS to develop the first standards for vaping products

The South African Bureau of Standards (SABS) is beginning to draft the first set of standards for vaping products in South Africa.

Currently in South Africa, and the rest of the continent, there are no guidelines or regulations for vaping products.

The new SABS standards will cover electronic vaping products and their components, including cartridges.

“It is estimated that around 350,000 people use vaping products [in South Africa] and that sales in 2019 amounted to R1.25 billion. As the industry grows, there is a need to establish national standards that guide product quality and provide consumers with some assurance that electronic devices and products used in vaping are safe to use, “said Jodi Scholtz, principal administrator of SABS.

The Department of Health has prepared a bill on the control of tobacco products and electronic devices that is currently open to public investigation.

The SABS says its new standards will focus on vaping products and take into account the inclusions of the bill, “with the understanding that the standards are voluntary in nature.”

The SABS standards will also be subject to public comment.

“All comments are then taken into account in the next stage of developing the draft standard into a national standard (SANS),” says Scholtz.

It takes on average around 300 days to develop a national standard.

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