Guidance

Check if your company is independent from the tobacco industry

Your company must meet the independence criteria to provide data storage or anti-tamper devices to the tobacco industry.

Your company and it’s subcontractors must be independent from the tobacco industry to:

Your company is responsible for making sure that it’s subcontractors meet the criteria set out here.

Structure

The legal form, organisation and decision making of your company must be independent from the tobacco industry.

Your company cannot be under direct or indirect control of the tobacco industry, including minority shareholding.

Finances

In the 2 years before your company starts providing data repositories or anti-tamper devices, less than 10% of your annual worldwide turnover (excluding VAT and other indirect taxes) can come from goods and services supplied to the tobacco industry.

After your company starts providing data repositories or anti-tamper devices, less than 20% of your annual worldwide turnover (excluding VAT and other indirect taxes) can come from goods and services supplied to the tobacco industry.

Management

Members of the board of directors, and anyone else responsible for managing your company, must not have any conflicts of interest with the tobacco industry, including:

  • working in the tobacco industry in the last 5 years
  • being influenced by any monetary or non-monetary interests from the tobacco industry, held by themselves or their partner, spouse or direct relatives, including stocks and pensions
Published 22 February 2019