The UK’s Trade Association for the Electronic Cigarette Industry (ECITA) has elected Michael Clapper, co-founder of VAPESTICK, as its new chairman.
ECITA currently represents 26 electronic cigarette companies in the United Kingdom, where each is required to pay fees to join and retain their membership. It is the first body in the UK to independently test its member’s products to ensure on-going quality and safety. All members must adhere to ECITA’s “Industry Standards of Excellence” audit programme, in order to retain on-going membership. Testing, labelling and packaging, electrical certification, child-proofing and promotional activities all fall under the ECITA audit programme.
ECITA chairman, Michael Clapper, who is also president-international at US public company, Victory Electronic Cigarettes Corporation, and the co-founder of e-cigarette brand VAPESTICK said: “I’m delighted to be taking on the chairmanship of ECITA at this exciting and pivotal time in its development. Both ECITA, and the e-cigarette industry in general, is maturing extremely fast.
“As the industry’s recognised trade association, ECITA is already leading the way on product standards, and it will now push forward with enhanced communications, starting with a brand-new website and literature, whilst continuing constructive dialogue with government and regulators both in the UK and at the EU.”
ECITA has led the way in the self-regulation of the electronic cigarette industry. It was the first body to independently verify the quality and safety of e-cigarette products and is now developing the next generation of product standards and testing to ensure its members continue to meet the expectations of consumers and regulators. Clapper will replace Mike Ryan who served as the chairman of ECITA since its inception in 2010.
Katherine Devlin, president of ECITA, said: “All the members have expressed their gratitude to Mike Ryan for his four years of dedication and excellent stewardship of ECITA. We are delighted that Michael Clapper has agreed to take the baton, and lead us into the next phase of our journey.”