We are getting reports of distributors contacting retailers and stating/implying that their e-liquid is produced in a “Health Canada approved lab” or have test results from the “only Health Canada approved e-liquid testing facility”.
We get it, you want them to buy your product, but let’s be clear…
There is no such thing as a Health Canada Approved Lab
Regulations for manufacturing or testing e-liquid do not yet exist. ISO and accreditation requirements will likely be written into any regulations for vaping products. Those ISO standards will be the requirement, but there is no “Health Canada approval” that comes with any of those things.
For testing, under the Canada Consumer Product Safety Act (CCPSA), ISO/IEC 17025 with accreditation is the preferred standard for testing and reporting. See the snippet below from the Frequently Asked Questions for the Canada Consumer Product Safety Act (reference):
There are currently two members of the ILAC-MRA and both have large lists of ISO/IEC 17025 accredited facilities:
Currently ECTA utilizes Enthalpy Analytics for our e-liquid testing as they are internationally accredited to the ISO 17025 standard.
We have been asked many times by many individuals, businesses and organizations why we do not utilize a Canadian facility for our testing needs. The answer to that question is, “We would LOVE to!” We have actively pursued several labs in Canada since 2012 but have not been able to find one to meet the needs for our testing.
The required criteria that we need in an e-liquid testing facility are as follows:
- Must carry an ISO 17025 accreditation
- Must be able to test for the compounds at the levels we currently test
Provide suitable alternative testing strategy
- Must have no conflicts of interest
- Must not be associated with the vaping industry
- Must release full test results to our members
- Must allow use of the test results for regulatory purposes
- Must perform required testing at or below current costs
If you are a lab, in Canada, or know of one that can meet the requirements above, please reach out to us through our Contact page because we have been looking for you!