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What is VAST?


  • VAST is a Vaping Association for Small Traders set up in the interest of the vaping industry.


  • At VAST we are dedicated in helping small and medium-sized enterprises (SME’s) overcome regulations set out in Article 20 of the Tobacco Products Directive (TPD).


  • VAST is the only vaping association committed in protecting and representing the vaping industry in both the UK and Ireland.


  • We are a non-profit organisation.


 

Why would I want to join a VAST?


  • VAST is a trusted organisation central to protecting the industry.


  • VAST can provide you with specialist reliable advice, which is not always readily available to SME’s.


  • Joining VAST will enhance your company’s reputation.


  • VAST provides great networking opportunities, creates better business opportunities.


  • There is power in numbers, have your voice heard.


  • Comes with commercial benefits.


  • It would be in the financial interests of your business.



How can VAST help me?


  • VAST will work with you on becoming TPD compliant, becoming compliant is important for the future of your business.


  • We will inform you of products that are subject to TPD and help you understand how products can be made compliant.


  • At VAST we will guide you through the transition periods set out in the TPD so that you are aware of how your company can transition into becoming compliant.


  • We will help you through the notification process.


  • We can submit notifications on your behalf.


  • We can organise for your products to be tested.


  • At VAST we can help you source new compliant products or products that have already been notified.


  • We will help you register your cross border sales.


  • If you OEM or manufacture your own products we will inform you on labelling legislation.


  • We will keep you fully updated on any industry changes.


  • We will help you stay within the law.


 

What resources will VAST provide me with to help me become compliant?


  • We will provide you with straightforward and easy to read guidance documents covering all aspects of TPD.


  • At VAST we will take the stress out of sourcing new TPD compliant products and provide you with a product catalogue containing TPD compliant products at competitive rates with discounted prices.


  • As a member you will also receive a product catalogue containing notified products that you may also wish to sell with no notification fee attached.


  • Our team at VAST can submit notifications on your behalf and arrange testing.


  • We will hold regular meetings on request to discuss any problems you’re facing in becoming compliant and how we can help.


  • We can also register your cross border sales.


  • We will provide you with and instant contact to our VAST team via our helpline or email address where we can deal with all queries.


  • We will provide you with links to other members so that you may work together on business deals.


  • We will update you on industry changes via frequent newsletter.


 


How will becoming a member of VAST benefit me?


  • You will cut your company costs on becoming compliant.


  • Becoming compliant will be made straightforward.


  • Your company will be fully prepared for compliancy, becoming some of the first in the industry, “the early bird catches the worm”. 


  • You will not accumulate expensive legal fees to correctly interpret the legislation.


  • You will have a point of contact with a team of TPD advisors.


  • You will be instantly aware of industry changes and have the ability to adapt your company to facilitate those changes.


  • You will be at the forefront of compliancy and will be able to continue to service your customers while abiding by the law.


  • Your business will be able to continue to grow and develop.


  • You will have the opportunity to expand your business connections.


  • You will inherit a “badge of quality” which is appealing to your customer’s, and will become known as a trusted e-cigarette supplier.


 

Can I become compliant independently?


  • You could become compliant alone; however it is a stringent process.


  • It would involve a full time legal role within your company at additional costs.


  • You would have to make your own notifications which are extremely thorough and very time consuming.


  • Your notification costs would be higher.


  • You would have to source compliant products, which can be very time consuming.


  • Some companies also claim to provide compliant products however they are not, which could see your company face legal action.


  • Your product cost would be higher.


  • You would need to source a trusted manufacturers and testing companies.


  • The TPD is still developing therefore your company would need to keep on top of new and important information.


  • Your company would need to seek out cross border registration forms and complete them.


  • Without the correct advice your company could ultimately close.