Our Standards

Manufacturers & Laboratories

Section 1: Organization Quality Standard

  • All manufacturers agree to be ISO 9001:2015 certified by end of year 2018
  • All manufacturers to be compliant with GMP within 12 months of standards being published by the FDA
  • All internal and external analytical labs to be ISO17025 certified by end of year 2017

Section 2: Design Standards

Devices and Batteries

  • Preferred that devices are designed for non-removal batteries only by end-of-year 2017.
  • If design calls for removable batteries, then additional protective housing or reinforcement must be used or provided at time to sale to prevent damage or short.
  • All devices to incorporate the "Core-4" battery safety features:
    • Chip/fuse on devices at charging port to prevent surges
    • PCB feature to detect short/surges
    • Protective fuse feature for overheating
    • Chip on battery to detect surges and prevent energy flow
  • Limits of 200 watts on all devices by 2019.
  • All manufacturers agree to use battery that is UL Certified and/or IEC Certified by 2018.
  • Devices will incorporate a minimum of one safety locking function(s), such as “five click” to lock, etc. by 2017 to mitigate false-firing.
  • Tanks will be of a child proof design by 2018.
  • Devices will include individualized serial numbers that link to manufacturing quality records
  • Devices will include traceability / anti-counterfeiting feature(s) (verification system to ensure authenticity and compliance).

Section 3: Youth Access Prevention

  • Advertising and Promotional restrictions based on those in place for US Tobacco Products to ensure that no vaping products are marketed to those below 18 years of age.

Section 4: Incident Reporting

  • All members to carry minimum liability insurance of $1 million.
  • Organization will setup and operate a consolidated adverse event reporting channel for consumers.
  • Collaborate with FDA on Voluntary Withdrawal Process for all products that FDA deems as potential safety hazards.
  • Agreement to phase out manufacturing of non-compliant designs by end of 2018, and retailers agree to stop selling residual inventory of non-compliant product by end of 2019.
  • The Organization will setup a protocol and system to facilitate voluntary withdrawals by its members by end of 2018.

Retailers

Section 1: Organization Registration

  • All retailers agree to register with FDA and other regulatory authorities as such registration requirement become applicable.

Section 2: Vendor Selections

  • All retailers agree to only carry products that are approved by FDA PMTA process, or alternatively, are produced according to the guideline established by GVSA by EOY 2019.

Section 3: Youth Access Prevention

  • All retailers agree to the advertising and promotional restrictions to ensure that no vaping products are marketed to those below 18 years of age.
  • No nicotine containing materials are to be sold in vending machines.
  • All brick and mortar as well as web retailers to implement a robust age verification process to ensure minimum age of 18 for any vaping product sales and/or sampling.
  • No free samples will be given out, regardless of age.
  • No vaping products will be sold in vending machines.

The GVSA

  • Incident Reporting System
  • The GVSA will setup and operate a consolidated adverse event reporting channel for consumers.
  • The GVSA will collaborate with FDA and CPSC on a Voluntary Withdrawal Process for all products that FDA or CPSC deems as potential safety hazards.
  • An Association program will be setup by 2019 to provide for member audits to ensure continued compliance with the agreed Standards.
AmeriNic
Aspire
Avail Vapor
Eve Battery
Innokin
Joyetech
Kranger Tech
Smok
Smoore