CORESTA (Cooperation Centre for Scientific Research Relative to Tobacco, www.coresta.org) is an association founded in 1956, ruled by French law, the purpose being to promote international cooperation in scientific research relative to tobacco and its derived products. CORESTA Full Members are organisations (companies, institutes, laboratories, associations) having R&D activities related to tobacco or its derived products (including e-vapour products), whether in the plant field (tobacco agronomy, breeding, phytopathology) or in the fields of manufacturing, chemistry, metrology, or materials (paper, filters, aerosols, etc.).
The CORESTA E- Vapour SubGroup was formed in 2013 (originally a Task Force) and currently has members from 45 different organisations representing e-cigarette and e-liquid manufacturers, academia, regulators, equipment suppliers, and testing laboratories. It has published the following documents and Recommended Methods (all available on the CORESTA website):
E-Cigarettes: A Brief Description of History, Operation and Regulation. Reference Report - February 2014
E-Cigarettes: Assessment of Analytical Literature from 55 Studies Published Worldwide prior to November 2013 on Commercial E-Cigarettes. Reference Report - May 2014
E-Liquid Preliminary Proficiency Study. Technical Report - March 2015
2014 Electronic Cigarette Aerosol Parameters Study. Technical Report - March 2015
2015 Collaborative Study for Determination of Glycerin, Propylene Glycol, Water and Nicotine in Collected Aerosol of E-Cigarettes. Technical Report - March 2017
CRM 81: Routine analytical machine for e-cigarette aerosol generation and collection - definitions and standard conditions
CRM 84: Determination of glycerin, propylene glycol, water, and nicotine in the aerosol of e-cigarettes by gas chromatographic analysis
Guide No. 18: Sample Handling and Sample Collection of E-Cigarettes and E-Vapour Generating Products
The SubGroup has presented at two FDA e-cigarette workshops, and at e-cigarette events in the UK, France and Germany. It participates fully in ISO and CEN standard development activity.
Dr Derek Mariner is Principal Scientist in the Analytical Development Centre of British American Tobacco R&D. His BSc was in Biochemistry and his PhD was in the mechanism of nicotine uptake during smoking and consequently covered a range of disciplines including analytical chemistry, respiratory physiology and aerosol science. He has worked in the tobacco industry for 33 years in a range of roles in R&D and on secondment in Legal and External Affairs. Derek has also worked on behalf of BAT in CORESTA in various Subgroups and Task Forces, from agrochemicals to environmental tobacco smoke via human smoking behaviour. He has served as President of the CORESTA Scientific Commission, and currently represents BAT on the Board of CORESTA. Derek has also worked in BSI and as an Expert in several ISO Working Groups. He is currently Convenor of ISO TC126 SC3 WG2 “Routine Analytical E-cigarette Vaping Machine”. Derek is also a Chartered Chemist and Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry. For the purposes of this presentation, Derek is speaking on behalf of the CORESTA E-Vapour Subgroup.