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RELX raises bar for e-cigarette quality

August 3, 2022

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RELX International has pledged a new initiative – committing the brand to high standards and first-rate quality products.

E-cigarette use has seen wider adoption in the UK amongst adult vapers and smokers and the need for better quality testing in the industry has become increasingly important, according to RELX.

As such, the brand has recently launched an initiative promising to maintain superior quality standards, and as part of the commitment, maintains rigorous testing.

RELX has set up five labs over the past three years to create a full-scale quality testing system that also enables its experts to advance research into e-cigarettes and vapor products.

RELX International’s standards procedures include physical and chemical stability requirements, impurity and pollutant limit requirements, and stringent requirements for the amounts of certain compounds and materials used within e-liquids and e-cigarette devices.

The production process incorporates 58 inspection procedures before RELX International even begins manufacturing a product. During the manufacture of its products, all devices are subject to 18 rigorous quality-control steps.

Furthermore, the RELX factory is one of the largest exclusive e-cigarette factories in the world for an independent e-cigarette company, and has received numerous international quality certifications.

“RELX International is committed to creating the best products, experiences and safety that set the bar higher,” said Chris Aikens, External Affairs Manager in Europe for RELX International.

“We maintain rigorous testing and quality standards that meet all laws and standards for e-cigarette products. The research and development experts at our premises work tirelessly to ensure we only produce the highest quality e-liquids and e-cigarette devices.

“Through these processes, which are some of the most stringent in the entire industry, we have guaranteed that all stages – including quality control, material sourcing, production, and final assembly – are as effective as possible.

“This ultimately benefits the end user, bolstering certainty about the products they are using.”

RELX International also pays close attention to the ingredients that make up its e-liquids, using ingredients from the food sector including vegetable glycerine (used in baking) and propylene glycol (found in dairy products, bread, etc).

Additionally, all e-liquids are laboratory-tested in accordance with CNAS (China National Accreditation Service for Conformity Assessment) and the international standard ISO/IEC 17025. This is critical to ensuring the absence of elements that are hazardous to consumers.

RELX’s products do not contain THC or vitamin E acetate, which are listed by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as potential causes of lung disease related to e-cigarette use.

RELX is currently also in the midst of the vaping sector’s first clinical research project. Reviewed by the China Clinical Trials Registry and the World Health Organisation’s International Clinical Trials Registry Platform, the three-month study is investigating the metabolic kinetics of nicotine in humans and the effects on human biomarkers, following the replacement of conventional cigarettes with RELX devices.