Padstow Blends Quality Statement
Padstow Blends products are developed and produced to the highest possible standards, using only ingredients which are confirmed to be safe for vaping, to the best of current industry knowledge and scientific research. Our Quality Statement outlines our key quality objectives and the ways in which we are meeting these objectives.
Suppliers & Ingredients
Our products do not contain nicotine, so are not currently regulated by the TPD. However, in this rapidly developing industry, we believe that all vaping products, with or without nicotine, should comply with industry standards and best practise.
Therefore, we ensure that our Quality Standards mirror industry best practise for regulated vaping products, which includes a commitment to ensuring that our products are, to the best of our knowledge, free from:
– any ingredients known to pose a risk to human health in heated or unheated form;
– vitamins or other additives that create the impression of a health benefit or reduced health risk;
– caffeine or taurine or other additives and stimulant compounds that are associated with energy and vitality;
– additives having colouring properties for emissions;
– additives that have carcinogenic, mutagenic or reprotoxic (CMR) properties in unburnt form;
– respiratory sensitizers;
– Pentane 2, 3 dione;
– Diethylene glycol;
– Ethylene glycol;
– Formaldehyde and preservatives liable to release formaldehyde;
– metals, including cadmium, chromium, iron, lead, mercury and nickel.
To achieve this, we only work with ingredient suppliers who are 100% supportive of this commitment, who operate to rigorous production quality standards, and who are able to provide us with full traceability on our ingredients, as well as Certificates of Analysis and Safety Data Sheets, as required.
All of our ingredient suppliers are British and are BRC accredited. BRC is an internationally recognised mark of food safety and quality, granted exclusively on a successful independent audit of technical performance and customer service. By only sourcing from British BRC accredited suppliers, we can be confident in the quality and provenance of our ingredients.
The flavourings in our products have been blended to our own secret recipes. They are developed specifically for vaping, rather than for use in food products. Not only does this help to ensure that the flavourings are as safe as possible for vaping, it also demonstrates the commitment from our flavouring manufacturer to allocate resources to the ongoing development of flavourings in line with scientific research into vaping. As a result, from over 4,000 of our primary supplier’s flavourings that have been tested for TPD notification, 100% have passed.
To further illustrate how vigilant this particular supplier is, the TPD currently prohibits just 6 chemical compounds, whereas our flavouring supplier has already amassed a list of 42 compounds it will not allow in its vaping-specific flavourings. They are justifiably proud to be at the forefront of technical safety in eliquid flavourings and we are equally proud to be working with them.
Our unique blends are developed in-house by our Founder and Master Blender, Matt Morris, who creates flavours for our own portfolio as well as for our corporate clients. With over 6 years of targeted experience in the blending of vaping-specific flavourings, he is highly adept at fulfilling exacting commissions, including trouble-shooting for TPD compliance, and tailoring flavours for precise end-use, such as CBD, nic salts, sub-ohm and mouth-to-lung.
Matt has a very attuned vaping palette and a genuine interest in flavour science and creativity. He has attended courses to deepen his scientific knowledge, and regularly liaises with our suppliers’ talented flavourists to further strengthen his understanding of flavour science. Through these trusted collaborations, Padstow Blends is able to bring the very best flavour quality to our clients and customers, both in terms of innovative flavour creativity and scientific rigor.
In addition to our own portfolio, we currently have numerous flavours on the market for clients ranging from major international corporations to independent vape shops, including many flavours in products that have been successfully notified under the TPD.
Padstow Blends flavouring concentrates are all produced on our behalf by our British BRC accredited flavouring suppliers, in accordance with our own secret recipes. Further information on their quality standards can be found in the Suppliers & Ingredients section above.
Our eliquids are manufactured in the UK to the most thorough and compliant standards, at a pharmaceutical packaging facility which has held a MHRA GMP licence for over 20 years. The company produces well in excess of 1 million bottles of eliquid per month and supplies pharma-grade eliquid to some of the largest international names in the industry.
Full GMP principles and practises are rigorously applied throughout the manufacturing of our products, including batch records, storage, training, cleaning, hygiene and quality control. Our product manufacturer holds the following quality accreditations: ISO 9001:2015 Quality Management System; ISO 13485:2016 Medical Device; MHRA Manufacturer/Importer Licence (MIA) 12845; ISO 7 Clean Room Environment.
Our product labelling goes beyond the minimum standard required – it includes additional vital information and guidance to promote the correct storage, handling and usage of our products, before and after purchase when nicotine may be added to our shortfill bottles by consumers. We also hold Safety Data Sheets for our products, which can be supplied on request.
Environment & Community
Padstow Blends is located on the beautiful north Cornwall coast and, as such, we enjoy the very best and the very worst that the sea has to offer! Frequently, and sadly, the worst it has to offer is man-made, so we are doing our best to mitigate our impact wherever possible, while also safe-guarding product safety and security.
Although plastic is currently still the most suitable, safe and secure solution for the products we offer, we are determined to do our best to ensure that any plastic we use is recyclable. Our bulk flavouring concentrates are supplied in recyclable HDPE jerry cans, and our eliquids are supplied in child-safe, tamper-evident recyclable PET bottles.
Our eliquids are supplied with a free recyclable paper gift bag, which is large enough to include any additional vape shop products that might be purchased at the same time, helping to reduce reliance on plastic carrier bags.
The electricity at Padstow Blends HQ is supplied on a 100% renewable energy tariff and we recycle over 90% of our refuse. As our small business grows, we are continually incorporating new ways to support the environment, as well as local initiatives and charities – including making sure that our visits to the beach are combined with a beach clean! We are also in the process of finalising our Charitable Pledge in readiness for its 2020 launch – something we are particularly excited about!
If you would like further info on any of the aspects covered in this Quality Statement, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us, thank you.