What is CRC?
Posted on 09 March 2021
CRC - Child-Resistant Certified Products
If you’ve been to a vape shop in the last few weeks you may have noticed that some changes have been made to the packaging and functions of your favourite vape accessories. These changes are the result of new requirements outlined in the Vaping Products Labelling and Packaging Regulations (VPLPR) enacted under the Canada Consumer Product Safety Act (CCPSA) and the Tobacco and Vaping Products Act. Under the VPLPR, which took effect on January 1st 2021, Health Canada requires that all refillable vape devices and parts sold in Canada be Child-Resistant Certified (CRC) in accordance with the Canadian Standards Association Standard or an equivalent standard test. As outlined by the CRC standards, products such as E-liquid bottles, disposable devices, and non-refillable or closed pods are compliant with the new regulations and remain unaffected. The VPLPR regulations regarding refillable e-liquid containers are intended to protect the health and safety of children by reducing the risk of accidental nicotine ingestion.
How are CRC products different from previous models?
Vape devices and accessories that have met the requirements for child-resistant certification can be easily identified by a CRC label on their outer packaging. This label makes it simple for vape users to recognize which products meet safety requirements so that we can make the safest choices for ourselves and our families. The packaging isn’t the only thing that’s changed under the CRC requirements. Vape manufacturers have also made changes to the structure and function of some products in order to comply with the new regulations. Many tank and pod designs have been updated to include a two-step opening mechanism for E-liquid refills and coil changes. Pod systems such as the Vaporesso Xros feature a removable top cap that hides the fill port, and a spring loaded port cover acts as an additional barrier against e-juice leaks, as well as offering more security and peace of mind for parents of young children. As for the changes to tank mechanisms, Vaporesso has taken initiative there as well, offering an updated CRC version of their popular GTX tank. The GTX CRC tank requires that the air inlet cover be pressed firmly down before the tank can be twisted off the mod for coils changes. Removing the top fill section uses the same ‘press and twist’ feature, ensuring child-resistance on both the top and bottom openings.
Products that are affected by CRC
All refillable vaping devices and their parts are affected by the CRC regulations, including; tanks, atomizers, open pod systems, and cartridges. Here is a list of brands we offer at NYX who have met CRC requirements and share our commitment to child safety around nicotine products.
For more information about the VPLPR, CRC regulations, and what product changes you can expect to see in the coming months, please visit this link to the government of Canada page outlining the CRC standards under section 50 and 51.
Benefits of CRC
The Tobacco and Vaping Products Act protects the health and safety of youth in Canada through its regulation of sales, advertising, packaging, and accessibility. The addition of the new CRC requirements is an important step to ensure the safety of children around vape products as we navigate this relatively new and ever-evolving industry. Parents and care-givers can feel secure in the knowledge that the wellbeing of their children is the central focus of these regulations, and that the heightened safety standards will help protect their children even in the event that a vaping device is accidentally left laying around the house. Nicotine products should be kept out of reach of children and are not intended for use by anyone under 19 years of age. NYX ECIGS is committed to protecting the health and safety of children and will continue to embrace these high safety standards for our community.