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02/25/2015
 

Cigarettes with reduced ignition propensity (RIP cigarettes)

Since 17th November 2011, placing cigarettes failing to comply with technical standard on the market has not been possible. Cigarettes have to comply with so-called safety standard and have to have reduced ignition propensity in case they are kept unattended.
The link on the fire safety technical standard was released in the EU Official Journal. Entrepreneurs placing cigarettes on the market shall ensure that cigarettes meet the fire safety requirement. Sale of the remaining cigarettes failing to comply with the safety standard requirement is not possible after 17th November 2011. Thus all cigarettes on the market, both cigarettes placed on the market after the given date and also cigarettes placed on the market before this date shall comply with the fire safety requirement laid down by the new technical standard.
Legislation does not provide for that labelling on the packaging of self-extinguishing cigarettes shall contain information that these cigarettes meet the safety standard. However, producers shall label RIP cigarettes during transitional period in order to be clear that these are RIP cigarettes. The majority of producers use a coloured tear off tape on the cellophane wraps and cartoons to distinguish the RIP cigarettes. The way of labelling can differ as regards single products and at the same time, further features can be used to distinguish RIP cigarettes.
Since that date, the Czech Agriculture and Food Inspection Authority, which is responsible for inspection of safety of tobacco products in the meaning of Act No. 102/2001 Coll., will assess whether cigarettes placed on the market meet the technical standard requirement. Failing to comply with the requirement may be sanctioned.
Note:
From September to November 2010, two international technical standards were issued: EN ISO 12863:2010 laying down testing methods for assessment of ignition ability of cigarettes and EN 16156:2010 laying down the ignition ability of cigarettes as regards safety requirements. Compliant with CEN regulations (European Committee for Standardisation), the national standardisation body – Czech Office for Standards, Metrology and Testing adopted both standards into the Czech Technical Standard System. These were issued in April and May 2011 as ČSN EN ISO 12863 and ČSN EN 16156.
On 9th August 2011 Commission Decision 2011/496/EU on compliance of EN Standard 16156:2010 “Cigarettes – Assessment of Ignition Propensity – Safety Requirement” and EN Standard ISO 12863:2010 “Standard Testing Method for Assessment of Ignition Propensity” with a general safety requirement pursuant to the EP and Council Directive 2001/95/EC and on publication of links to EN Standard 16156:2010 “Cigarettes – Assessment of Ignition Propensity”  and EN Standard ISO 12863:2010 “Standard Testing Method for Assessment of Cigarettes Propensity” was released in the EU Official Journal.