Suppliers of tobacco products, herbal products for smoking, e-cigarettes and refill containers should provide information about their products.

The rules to which that information must comply are contained in the new Dutch Tobacco Act, which came into force on 20 May 2016.
See for more information the subject "roken" on the website of the Dutch government.

Where should the information be submitted?

  • This legislation obliges producers and importers to provide information to the European Commission and the Dutch government.
  • The European Commission has set up a system that the Netherlands uses: the EU Common Entry System (EU CEG).
  • Producers and importers submit their information to the EU-CEG.
  • In The Netherlands, the “Rijksinstituut voor Volksgezondheid en Milieu” (RIVMNational Institute for Public Health and the Environment ) / National Institute for Health and the Environment (RIVM)” is the organization that will collect the information for the minister of Health and process the submitted information.

When should the information be submitted?

  • Tobacco products: before a new or modified product is placed on the Dutch market. For a series of products, the term is four months in advance, for one product the term is one month.
  • Novel tobacco products: six months before the intended date of placing on the Dutch market.
  • Herbal products for smoking: before a new or modified product is placed on the Dutch market. For a series of products, the term is four months in advance, for one product the term is one month.
  • Electronic cigarettes and refill containers - both with and without nicotine - : six months before the intended date of placing on the Dutch market. For any substantial change of the product, a new submission is made.
  • Information regarding the previous year's market (extensive data on sales volumes, by brand and type of product, consumer preferences, product sales, and summaries of any market surveys if available): every year (no later than 15 June).

Where to find more information about the information to be submitted?

Where can questions be asked?