As a leader in the electronic cigarette industry, SKYCIG strives to have the absolute highest safety and environmental standards possible. The following is a list with detailed explanation of the certifications SKYCIG has obtained, and a summary of some of our voluntary efforts to protect both the safety of consumers and the environment.
SKYCIG’s Product Certifications
CE marking is required for many products in the EU and attests the verification by a manufacturer that these products meet EU safety, health or environmental requirements. CE markings allow consumers to be reassured that products bearing this marking have been independently checked and certified to hold the high health, safety and environmental requirements as laid out by the EU. Without this marking, products that fall under the CE scope cannot be trusted to have been tested for safe human use, or to be sold legally within the EU.
According to Gov.uk, “CE marking is a key indicator of a product’s compliance with EU legislation and enables the free movement of products within the European market. By affixing the CE marking on a product, a manufacturer is declaring, on his sole responsibility, conformity with all of the legal requirements to achieve CE marking and therefore ensuring validity for that product to be sold throughout the EEA, the 27 member states of the EU and European Free Trade Association countries. […] It means that the manufacturer has verified that the product complies with all relevant essential requirements, e.g. health and safety [and environmental] requirements, of the applicable directive(s) or, if stipulated in the directive(s), had it examined by a notified conformity assessment body."
Our manufacturer marks all of our products with the CE symbol after rigorous testing by SGS, the world’s leading inspection, verification, testing and certification company. In order to obtain our CE certificate, we must:
- Submit our full product range to SGS.
- Carry out the conformity assessment.
- Set up the technical file showing all relevant testing data and risk assessments.
- Issue the EC Declaration of Conformity (DoC).
- Affix the CE marking on our products.
Read more information about the CE marking.
RoHS is the acronym used to describe the Restriction of the Use of Certain Hazardous Substances in Electrical and Electronic Equipment Directive as enforced by the National Measurements Office (NMO), which is an executive agency of Department for Business, Innovation & Skills (BIS). As the name of the directive indicates, these regulations deal with substances that, in large enough quantities, could present a potential risk to human health and safety. Ensuring that only trace amounts of these substances are present in our products means our customers can be confident no potential harm will come from the materials within our electrical items. Products that are not RoHS tested cannot guarantee these safe levels and could present a risk to the user, which could lead to health problems or injury.
According to the BIS website, "These Regulations implement the RoHS Directive which bans the placing on the EU market of new electrical and electronic equipment containing more than the agreed levels of lead, cadmium, mercury, hexavalent chromium, polybrominated biphenyl (PBB) and polybrominated diphenyl ether (PBDE) flame retardants." Small, safe levels of some of the above mentioned materials and substances can be found in most electronic equipment sold in the EU, including SKYCIG batteries and charging cases. As a result, we are required to undertake RoHS testing to ensure that we are compliant with these directives.
All products covered by the RoHS scope are required to be tested by an independent analytics lab. SKYCIG works closely with the NMO, and have developed a good relationship with them in terms of guidance on testing and safety. We use the independent lab Intertek to test all of our products under these guidelines. Intertek pre-screens our products with a wavelength dispersive x-ray florescence spectrometer (XRF mapping). This is a sophisticated version of an x-ray, which is designed to detect the levels of restricted substances in electric components. Once this screening is complete, the results are analysed and Intertek advises us as to whether any changes need to be made to the technical specifications of our products. If changes are required, our products are re-tested before being brought into the marketplace.
The WEEE (Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment) Directive is a scheme set up to show compliance with the guidelines laid out in The Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Regulations 2006. The WEEE directive requires companies to register with a compliance scheme who can ensure that all legal obligations are being met, and obtain evidence of re-use, recovery and recycling on their behalf. This means companies who sell certain electrical equipment, like batteries, must register with an approved company that will ensure they are doing everything they can to facilitate recycling and economical responsibility for the electrical waste their products create.
SKYCIG has registered with this scheme through the same company who completes our RoHS testing - Intertek. This registration covers the disposal of our charging cases and batteries. In order to be compliant, we must report to them the volumes of batteries we bring into the UK. As well as this, we pay a fee to cover the cost of the safe recovery and disposal of these electrical items from mass refuse sites. We also affix the WEEE symbol to our products in order to encourage our customers to dispose of all their SKYCIG batteries at battery recycling points to ensure the most environmentally friendly disposal of these items.
Read more information about WEEE on the Environmental Agencies website.
SKYCIG’s Voluntary Efforts to Ensure Consumer Safety
As well as meeting our statutory requirements with Intertek, SKYCIG also carries out quarterly batch testing with the company. This means that every quarter, we take a selection of our products to undergo full testing. In doing this, we can ensure all of our products, regardless of when they are made, are meeting the high quality standards we expect.
Unlike most other e-cig companies, SKYCIG owns its own e-cigarette manufacturing facilities. This means we have complete control over the production of our products from start to finish. Our e-cig factory facilities have a dedicated Quality Assurance Department who co-ordinate the testing, checking and analysis of all of our products before they leave the factory door. As well as this, we conduct regular spot checks to ensure consistent quality throughout the entire manufacturing process.
SKYCIG’s Voluntary Efforts to Protect the Environment
In addition to having some recyclable components within our products, all the outer packaging on SKYCIG products is fully recyclable. When shipping our stock from our factory to our distribution centre, we ship all items in cardboard boxes instead of using polythene or plastics unnecessarily. At our distribution centre, all external cardboard and packaging that is not used is compacted into economical, compressed bales (like hay bales) and then taken to a mill where it is recycled or reused. Any plastic or polythene wrapping that does happen to come to our distribution centre is also recycled. Our packing hall has skylight panels installed in its roof in order to conserve energy expended on lighting. As well as this, our offices operate under a paper free policy, so that paper waste is kept to an absolute minimum. Any paper, cardboard, plastic, cans or glass that is used in our offices is recycled. We also minimise our paper marketing and focus more on electronic marketing in order to reduce the amount of printed marketing sent to and received by our customers. Finally, any returned or unused SKYCIG products are sent back to our manufacturing facilities, where they are broken down to their components and recycled wherever possible.