The SABS TC 2112 will be responsible for the setting of guidelines and promoting standardisation in the field of vaping products, covering electronic vaping products and their components, requirements for prefilled cartridges and reservoirs, terminology, sampling, methods of test and analysis, product specifications, safety, quality management and requirements for packaging, storage and transportation.
“Vaping and vaping products are increasingly popular in South Africa both in terms of recreational use and in economic activity. It is estimated that about 350,000 people use vaping products and that sales in 2019 amounted to R1.25bn. As the industry grows, there is a need to establish national standards that guide the quality of the products and provide consumers with some assurance that the electronic devices and products used in vaping are safe to use,” explains Jodi Scholtz, lead administrator at the SABS.
It added that plans to host the first TC meeting are underway and will be confirmed as soon as commitment from regulators and other key stakeholders have been confirmed. It is important to note that the SABS TC 2112 will be developing national standards for voluntary application.
"Once consensus has been reached amongst the TC participants, the draft standard will go through a public enquiry stage, wherein members of the public may comment and/or submit input into the draft standard. All comments are then taken into account in the next stage of developing the draft standard into a national standard (SANS),” says Scholtz.
TC 2112: Vaping products is currently established and any organisation or individual that is interested in participating can express their interest via an email to email@example.com.