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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

Testing requirement



4) Testing of cigarettes shall be conducted in accordance with the American Society of Testing and Materials ("ASTM") standard E2187-09, "Standard Test Method for Measuring the Ignition Strength of Cigarettes."


5) Cigarettes must be tested as part of a test trial. Each test trial of a cigarette must consist of 40 replicated tests. The performance standard required by regulation 3 shall only be applied to a complete test trial.


6) Each test of a cigarette in a test trial must be conducted on 10 layers of filter paper.


7) Laboratories conducting testing for written certifications must:
a) be accredited by the International Organization for Standardization pursuant to standard ISO/IEC Guide 17025:2005 as amended, General requirements for the competence of testing and calibration laboratories;
b) implement a quality control and quality assurance program that includes a procedure that will determine the repeatability of the testing results. The repeatability value shall be no greater than 0.19.


8) Each cigarette that uses lowered permeability bands to achieve compliance with regulation 3 must have-
a) at least two identical bands surrounding the tobacco column;
b) at least 1 complete band located not less than 15 mm from the lighting end of the cigarette; and
c) at least 1 band located not less than 10 mm from the filter end, and in the case of non-filter cigarettes from the labeled end of the tobacco column, if the bands are positioned on the cigarette by design.