From 1 January 2024, the importation of disposable vapes will be prohibited including vaping products that do not contain nicotine or do not make therapeutic claims.
Importers must obtain a customs licence and permit to import therapeutic vapes, and must notify the TGA that their products comply with new product standards.
These new standards:
• apply to therapeutic vapes irrespective of nicotine content,
• limit flavours to only mint, menthol or tobacco flavours, and
• specify certain requirements for vaping devices that were previously excluded from the therapeutic goods framework.
This also considers any products ordered before January 1 2024, but are not within the country prior the the date.
The good news is that medical practitioners will no longer have to prescribe the use of vapes through the TGA’s Special Access Scheme.
Personal importation of any vape product, irrespective of if it is disposable will be prohibited as of 1 March 2024 meaning you can no longer import directly from the overseas manufacturer, regardless of if you have a valid prescription.
Therapeutic vapes containing medicinal cannabis will continue to be regulated separately.
It’s important to know that the proposed reforms will not criminalise vapers in any way. Personal possession and use of vapes is not, and will not be, criminalised by the Australian Government.
Amendments to the Therapeutic Goods Regulations 1989, the Therapeutic Goods (Medical Devices) Regulations 2002 and the Customs (Prohibited Imports) Regulations 1956 were published on the Federal Register of Legislation last week.
If you are confused about the new regulations, or what you need to do to comply, we can help.
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