IBVTA launches Age of Sale Guidance for vape shops and retailers of vaping products.
Through the provision of credible knowledge and guidance, the IBVTA supports the independent vape trade and promotes constructive interaction between this industry sector and the scientific community, vapers, policy makers, and the general public.
The IBVTA offers many forms of guidance and support, including regulatory compliance advice. Non-compliance must not be allowed to become a competitive advantage over reputable businesses.
We are only too aware of the resource constraints which local authorities and Trading Standards offices are currently experiencing. Therefore, to assist in achieving better compliance across the sector with regards to preventing underage sales, we are delighted to be able to develop the first comprehensive, stand-alone Assured Age of Sale Guidance.
The IBVTA are part of a Primary Authority partnership with Kent Trading Standards, and this Guidance has been developed with, and peer reviewed by, that Primary Authority.
The Age of Sale Guidance includes advice on compliance with all aspects of regulation such as verifying the ages of customers, preventing proxy and underage online sales, record keeping and staff training.
The advice within the guidance will be useful to vape shops, convenience stores, and any other retail outlets that carry vaping products such as phone and gift shops.
IBVTA CEO Gillian Golden said, ‘’We hope this comprehensive guidance will be useful not only for vaping retailers, but also trading standards enforcement officers across the country, in understanding the due diligence required.’’
Wendy May our Primary Authority Trading Standards Officer said, ‘It has been a rewarding experience working in partnership with the IBVTA to produce this Age of Sale Guidance, ensuring accurate information is available for their members and all retailers of vaping products’.