EDGE – Quality & Compliance Without Compromise
The EDGE mission – To help millions of people worldwide quit smoking.
Rooted in family values and fuelled by a shared passion for wellbeing, EDGE has arisen from humble beginnings to achieve significant recognition as a leading innovator of next-generation products. The journey began with one son’s goal to help his mother quit smoking and has evolved into a worldwide endeavour to empower millions to do the same.
EDGE constantly strives to be at the very forefront of the vaping industry; defining best practice, catalysing innovation, and delivering products of unmatched quality that both inspire and resonate with our customers. Having achieved landmark success in the UK, and now operating in countries around the world, each day brings us that much closer to reaching our collective goals.
The mission is simple in essence but complex to achieve – EDGE stands ready to meet that challenge.
At the very core of our ideals is our commitment to quality, safety and compliance. These accolades represent the guarantee we offer to every customer: each bottle will be held to consistently exacting quality standards and will be subject to safety tests above and beyond established regulations to ensure total consumer satisfaction.
How Does EDGE Uphold the Promise of Quality, Safety and Compliance?
Focused on Quality and Consistency
Thanks to our dedicated Technical, Regulatory & Quality Control teams, EDGE products are at the forefront of compliance and safety. We ensure all aspects of our products are rigorously tested to achieve consistent apex-quality. Consumer safety and satisfaction are at the core of our ethos. To learn more about the EDGE laboratory, and the tests our skilled technicians and scientists carry out to ensure your experience is the very best, read our blog Inside the EDGE Laboratory.
Utilising bespoke state-of-the-art technology, EDGE are capable of manufacturing in excess of 75,000,000 bottles per year. Audited to GMP standards, our ISO 9001 certified UK facilities are second-to-none; operating highly refined production and dispatch processes, going above and beyond to ensure total consumer satisfaction.
Each batch blended is held to the highest possible standard, subject to strict quality controls before, during and after production. Our extensive ISO 17025 accredited in-house laboratory allows for a comprehensive suite of analysis to be enacted upon everything EDGE produces, delivering consistent quality for an unmatched user experience.
The Finest Ingredients
EDGE have spared no expense in ensuring their products are manufactured using only the highest quality, fully compliant and traceable components. EDGE e-liquids utilise pharmaceutical-grade nicotine, EU/SP Propylene Glycol (PG) and Vegetable Glycerol (VG), alongside premium flavourings from regularly audited, trusted suppliers. To discover everything about these ingredients and how they come together to create your EDGE e-liquid, read Vaping Basics – Inside an E-liquid.
EDGE vaping devices are held to the same exacting standards as our e-liquids. No design is ever signed off without the most rigorous testing. Constant innovation delivers unique, ground-breaking technology seeking to challenge the norm and offer consumers reliable, premium quality e-cigarettes. Alongside unique revolutionary features and patented technologies, no EDGE device is released to market without a full suite of safety features including overcharge protection and cut-offs to prevent overheating.
EDGE & TPD
Prior to the introduction of vaping regulations under the Tobacco Products Directive (TPD), the vaping industry was very much a “wild west”; rapid growth and constant innovations enticed many to get involved and try their hand at manufacturing e-liquids and vaping products for sale, even if it was in their own kitchen or bathroom!
As with any growing industry, in order to establish concrete best practice, protect consumers and deliver consistently safe and high-quality products, regulation was needed. This necessity manifested itself in the form of the TPD, transforming the landscape of vaping compliance and introducing tight restrictions, putting an end to the days of “bathtub blending”. Under these regulations, any e-liquid manufactured for sale must be rigorously safety tested and registered with the MHRA for approval before it can ever reach consumers, safeguarding the public interest.
Read on to discover how EDGE ensures everything they produce is fully compliant, so consumers trust every bottle.
The Steps EDGE Take to Ensure Total Compliance
Once the EDGE Product Development Team have finalised a delicious new recipe, they run it through flavour trials and refine it until perfected – What happens next to ensure that this new e-liquid meets all safety standards so we can add it to the EDGE range?
Step 1 – Classification and Labelling
Talented scientists, compliance officers & technical specialists conduct a thorough analysis of all ingredients, called a CLP breakdown. This involves carrying out special calculations with the exact amount of every single ingredient – there’s more than just PG, VG, flavouring and nicotine to think about – the premium flavourings we use are actually made up of many other ingredients, in tiny amounts, that are mixed together to form the concentrates used to add fantastic flavour to e-liquids.
Each of these ingredients has its concentration checked, and if found to be present at a level that may cause an allergic reaction, the CLP breakdown calculations tell us exactly what warnings for these “sensitisers” we must include on our product packaging so you can buy with confidence and safety.
Step 2 – Emissions Testing
Once the CLP breakdown has been completed, the e-liquid must undergo emissions testing to ensure that when heated in a vaping device, the vapour produced does not contain any harmful chemicals known as “Carbonyls”.
- Using specialised equipment in their analytical lab, our expert technicians collect an aerosol sample of the e-liquid once it has been vapourised by an e-cigarette.
- The sample is then passed through a special cartridge to derivatise any carbonyls within (this means they are converted to a form that can be measured more easily).
- A solvent is then used to elute these carbonyl derivatives, creating a solution that is suitable for analysis.
- This solution is then run through a HPLC (High Pressure Liquid Chromatography) device which allows us to compare the sample’s carbonyl levels against pre-set calibration standards.
- The final concentration of each carbonyl is then calculated and reported in units of μg/puff. If found to be at or below established safe levels, the e-liquid can then progress to be registered for sale.
Step 3 – The Portal
All the data and information for the new e-liquid is then collected and submitted through an online portal, since Brexit there are now two separate portals for registering products in the UK and EU respectively. The information submitted includes the product name, manufacturer’s address, all it’s ingredient values and details from the CLP breakdown, emissions results and more.
This submission is sent via e-Trustex for approval – if successful, the new product will appear on the UK MHRA’s website under their list of registered products.
Step 4 – Sale!
Now the sample has passed all its tests, been fully analysed, approved, and finally registered for sale, EDGE can begin mass-production and get it onto the shelves! Every batch produced undergoes further analysis when mixed, to ensure consistent quality across all our products.
Each batch is individually tested for nicotine concentration to ensure it is within accepted parameters, while samples of finished batches are subject to organoleptic analysis (This is the study of their visual appearance, aroma and taste; all of which are compared to standard samples made in controlled conditions to establish a comparable baseline of quality). These additional steps further reinforce EDGE’s dedication to the quality of our products.
We hope this provides you with some clarity on the complex process of ensuring EDGE vaping products are compliant and safe. EDGE take every step and more to fulfil their promise of quality and commitment to compliance and the safety of their customers.