Last month we raised a concern that some parts of the TPD, having both a direct and indirect effect on the VapeSlam event, required further clarification. As a result, we felt it necessary to consult our legal partners as to the precise position of the show in relation to the following areas:
- The way that we are able to market the event to the visiting audience,
- The way stock may be presented and sampled, and
- The presentation of non-compliant stock by exhibiting partners
We have always intended the VapeSlam event to be the central point of contact between category managers with the biggest retail channels, as well as creating an opportunity for the governing bodies, HMRA & UK Trading Standards, to engage directly with the responsible manufacturers that are invested in ensuring the industry is safe as possible for the consumer for the long-term.
As the proposed dates of 25th – 27th November, fall at a time when manufacturers must be compliant, but the retail channels have a further 6 months to rid themselves of non-compliant stock, we felt this created an area of ambiguity regarding some of the aforementioned points.
In addition, given the failure of this year’s big industry events to attract the kind of crowds they have become accustomed to in the past, we felt that the current window of ambiguity did not create the right environment to hold the VapeSlam event, if we are to achieve our collective ambitions.
Therefore, following a prolonged legal assessment, the VapeSlam Team have taken the decision to reschedule the event until after the TPD extension comes into full effect on May 20th, 2017.
The reasoning behind this decision is to enable those brands that are still seeking to gain compliance time to do so, whilst also creating the right environment for our retail purchasing contacts to properly engage with brand owners.
The management team are committed to hosting an event that only displays compliant stock, and feel rescheduling VapeSlam is the correct and most responsible course of action to take, avoiding any risk of a below-par show for our exhibiting brands and ensuring the show itself, achieves full-compliance with the governing legislation.
Please accept our sincere apologies if you have been awaiting information from the team in recent weeks, and it has not been forthcoming. We wanted to ensure that we had a solid legal understanding before making any decision or announcement. We provide our fullest guarantees that all brands intending to exhibit at VapeSlam, and have secured space by paying a deposit, will receive a full-refund should the new dates not be convenient for them.
At present, the team are currently in negotiation with our venue partner to confirm a new dates for the show and intend to make a public announcement to confirm that in the coming days.
In the meantime, should you have any questions regarding the event, please do not hesitate to get in touch.
VapeSlam Event Manager