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About

Founded by some of the UK’s leading independent manufacturers, importers, distributors, and vendors, the Independent British Vape Trade Association (IBVTA) is a not-for-profit, non-political trade association. IBVTA will support members through the immediate challenges of TPD implementation, but crucially, IBVTA has been established to support the independent vape industry in the long run, representing all responsible and ethical independent vaping businesses in the UK, irrespective of the size of their companies and operations.

IBVTA is a collaborative organisation and is not owned by any one individual company or group of companies, IBVTA is owned collectively by all its members. Based in the heart of Westminster, IBVTA is supported by a dedicated secretariat and a science and regulatory committee made up of engineers, chemists, and pharmacists.

The mission of IBVTA is to provide credible knowledge and guidance to support the independent vape sector and promote constructive interaction between this industry sector and the scientific community, vapers, regulators, policy makers, and the general public. IBVTA fosters research and manufacturing excellence, in order to deliver a robust yet proportionate consumer regulatory landscape that adequately reflects the needs of vaping stakeholders and recognises vaping as a sector in its own right.

All IBVTA members are free from any ownership or control by the tobacco and pharmaceutical industries.

At the EU level, IBVTA is a founding member of the European Coalition for Independent Vape (ECIV).

ECIV is a coalition at the European Union and wider international level between.  Through the provision of credible knowledge and guidance, ECIV supports the independent vape trade and promotes constructive interaction between this industry sector and the scientific community, vapers, policy makers, and the general public.  ECIV fosters research and manufacturing excellence in order to deliver a proportionate consumer regulatory landscape that adequately reflects the needs of vaping stakeholders and recognises vaping as a sector in its own right.

For further information about ECIV please visit their website – www.eciv.eu.

We adhere to the highest possible ethical standards in the provision of all our services and are accredited or registered with the following bodies at the UK and EU levels:

EU Transparency Register

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COMPLIANCE
IBVTA brings together some of the leading vendors, manufacturers, distributors, and importers in the sector. Through this association, IBVTA is able to create a collaborative framework, by which TPD notifications and testing can be completed. Critically, because IBVTA is a not-for-profit organisation it does not seek to make any profit from regulation, therefore any charges for these services will be at cost and consequently lower than other commercial offerings.

CHALLENGING MISINFORMATION
Routinely false information regarding vaping and the vape industry appears in the media. From our offices in the heart of Westminster, The IBVTA will use its expertise and hands on knowledge of the independent sector to engage with the media and politicians to correct misinformation.

UNITED VOICE
From offices in the heart of Westminster, IBVTA is supported by a dedicated secretariat and a science and regulatory committee made up of engineers, chemists, and pharmacists. On a daily basis, IBVTA engages constructively, on behalf of all members, with the media, policy makers, regulators, the scientific community, vapers, and the general public, to ensure that the concerns and opinions of the independent sector are clearly understood.

CONSUMER CONFIDENCE
IBVTA represents some of the leading companies in the independent sector. These responsible and ethical businesses are bound by the IBVTA Code of Conduct, and have access to leading business and regulatory support helping them deliver the best possible products and services for their customers.

SUPPORTING UK EXCELLENCE
IBVTA acts as a champion of the UK independent vape industry, in particular UK manufactured vaping devices and liquids that are made with the finest UK ingredients and skilled engineering. In addition, IBVTA fosters research and manufacturing excellence in order to deliver a proportionate regulatory landscape that adequately reflects the needs of vaping stakeholders and recognises vaping as a sector in its own right.

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