When producing battery-powered products as the importer you are mainly responsible for the safety and compliance of the batteries (and products in general) coming into your market (it’s also possible that the manufacturer may share responsibility if this is included as a clause in your manufacturing agreement.

Assuring that your batteries comply with the necessary safety standards is a step in the right direction, and in order to do so, you need to know which standards apply to your market.

General battery standards

Here are a number of the standards that cover both primary and secondary batteries. If you aren’t including primary batteries as a part of your product or are a battery manufacturer, knowing the standards regarding primary cells are less crucial.

  • The EU Battery Directive 2006/66/EC regulates the batteries coming into the EU market and outlines the restrictions on the use of toxic heavy metals, recycling, and labeling.
  • RoHs 3 this ‘Restriction of Hazardous Substances’ directive controls and limits hazardous substances which can be used in batteries, cadmium in particular, and is generally used globally.
  • Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment recycling (WEEE) mandates the treatment, recovery and recycling of electric and electronic equipment and is required for the EU market.

Lithium battery standards

Because Lithium batteries have specific safety concerns, especially secondary Lithium-ion types, let’s pay special attention to some of the key standards to test to here.

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