This advice is designed to provide basic guidance to traders. It is not a complete or authoritative statement of the law. A large print version is available.
‘Already in the supply chain’ means that the imported lighters have cleared Customs, and lighters made in the EU have left the manufacturer and are ready for general distribution.
Retailers may still be able to buy non child-resistant lighters from your wholesaler or supplier. These, and existing stock can legally be sold to the public, until the total ban comes in. However, all cigarette lighters sold must be safe and meet the requirements of the standard EN 9994:1996 or a later version.
If re-stocking with child-resistant lighters, retailers must be able to show a Trading Standards Officer where those lighters came from, if asked.
A useful booklet on child-resistant and novelty lighter requirements has been issued by BIS - Department for Business Innovation & Skills (formally BERR).
or by phoning 0845 015 0010 and quoting reference URN 06/2116.
Lighters are consumer products which are inherently hazardous, since they produce a flame and contain a fuel. They pose a serious risk when
misused by children and have caused a number of deaths and injuries across the EU.
A decision was made by the European Commission, which has been introduced into the UK, to ensure that only child resistant lighters are placed onto the European market and also to prohibit the sale of novelty lighters.
Must retain documentation demonstrating that the lighters comply with the relevant standards
Lighters must be child resistant i.e. cannot be operated by a child under 51 month
Lighters must still continue to meet the safety specifications detailed in BS EN ISO 9994:2006,
as well as the additional child resistant requirements laid down in BS EN 13869: 2002.
It is mandatory for all lighters to comply with BS EN ISO 9994 - lighter safety standard, however all lighters except the following must also comply with the child-resistance safety requirements of the Decision.
There are no exceptions for novelty lighters; all supply is prohibited.
Lighters which are printed with logos or have shrink wrapped artwork are not classed as novelty lighters.
Reviewed November 2010
B/saf/178/002 August 2007