E-Liquid Industry: A Short Update About the E-Cigarette
There remains considerable anxiety in the e-liquid industry with its short history due to the continued lack of real regulatory clarity from the FDA. That is likely a work in process; the point is, it is not complete. Additionally, ongoing local regulatory enactment is beginning to regulate the manufacture and distribution of e-liquids. That is immediate.
While this is happening, leadership is also undergoing a transition. Some of the early industry
spokespeople have moved on or stepped aside. This creates a perceptible void as new blood to the game continues to enter the industry and gets up to speed in an evolving, often chaotic business environment
that has become the norm.
Despite these concerns, the industry is healthy and continues to expand at a rapid pace. E-liquid conferences
and events multiply and abound. One important reason is the attractiveness of product profit margins realizable as production scales. Increasingly automated production is beginning to enter the picture to make this possible.
Three particularly interesting trends are also occurring: there is a mini-boom in e-liquid clean room construction, many e-liquid industry producers are recruiting quality control professionals, and there is considerable interest in ISO and GMP certification for manufacturers. For an industry that unfortunately gets perceptively lumped in with tobacco and all its problems, this is an important product transparency and quality step: it will position e-liquid creators well for the inevitable regulatory mandates that will follow, as well as omnipresent media opinion and, of course, the consumer.
This post was written by Robert Pochadt, InstantGMP Vape Sales Director.