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Tobacco Products Control Act, 1993 (Act No. 83 of 1993)

Regulations Relating to the Standards for Manufacturing of Reduced Ignition Propensity (RIP) Cigarettes

Packaging and marking requirements



13) No packs, cartons or cases may contain cigarettes that do not meet the performance standard set out in regulation 3.


14) Each pack, carton and case must have the wording "Reduced Ignition Propensity".


15) The marking must be clearly legible and must not obscure any prescribed information required under the Act.


16) The marking shall be permanently printed, engraved or embossed upon the cigarette package, carton and case.


17) Retailers may reasonably rely on the package marking as evidence of due certification as required by regulations 16 to 19 provided, however that if any cigarettes are found not to be compliant with the requirements of regulation 2, they are subject to confiscation and the retailer shall have a cause of action against any supplier of the non-compliant cigarettes.


18) Each manufacturer or importer shall maintain, for a period of three years, copies of the reports of all tests conducted on all cigarettes offered for sale and shall make copies of these reports available, within 60 days, to the National Department of Health and to any member of the public upon written request.


19) All cigarettes manufactured in or imported into South Africa must comply with these regulations no later than 18 months from the date the regulations are published in the Gazette.


20) No cigarettes that fail to comply with these regulations may be sold or offered for sale in South Africa, no matter when they were manufactured or imported, after 18 months from the date the regulations are published in the Gazette.




Dr A Motsoaledi, MP

Minister of Health