New marking and packaging requirements for lithium coin batteries

BRUSSELS, 16 July 2019 — The European Portable Battery Association (EPBA) welcomes the new requirements for marking and packaging of lithium coin batteries resulting from the updated IEC standard published in April 2019: IEC 60086-4 – edition 5 – Primary batteries – Part 4: Safety of lithium batteries.

The new requirements come as a response to the growing number of incidents related to the ingestion of lithium coin cells. On the packaging side, child resistant packaging is now required for consumer packaging of coin cells of 16 millimetres and larger in diameter. An informative annex (annex D) has been added on the safety pictograms ‘keep out of reach of children’ including a number of requirements on size, colour and position to make the pictogram more prominent. These requirements will become effective in two years’ time, April 2021.

 

 

 

EPBA members were actively involved in the review process of the IEC 60086-4 standard. The association welcomes any initiative that educates consumers about the proper usage of portable batteries and alerts them to the dangers so that the number of incidents can be reduced. It was with a similar objective that EPBA published in December last year an animated video about battery ingestion (https://youtu.be/nwLLFJUcphw). Since then we have been in dialogue with different stakeholders in an effort to increase awareness to the dangers of battery ingestion especially by toddlers.

Download Press Release

-End-

 

 About EPBA

The European Portable Battery Association is the leading voice of the portable power industry. It supports the common interests of its members regarding portable batteries and battery chargers with European institutions and other leading international bodies to provide consumers with complete power solutions which are sustainable across their life-cycle.

For more information contact:

Hans Craen, EPBA’s Secretary General

+32 2 761 16 02 epba@kellencompany.com

EPBA goes to Strasbourg to raise awareness on portable battery collection.

Give us your batteries! You use them, we collect them. EPBA goes to Strasbourg to raise awareness on portable battery collection.

BRUSSELS, 18 APRIL 2019 — The European Portable Battery Association (EPBA) organised yesterday a campaign in the European Parliament in Strasbourg to raise awareness about portable battery collection.

 

EPBA Team with MEP Gilles Pargneaux
EPBA Team with MEP Gilles Pargneaux
MEP Gilles Pargneaux and Commissioner Miguel Arias Cañete at the EPBA Stand in Strasbourg.
MEP Gilles Pargneaux and Commissioner Miguel Arias Cañete at the EPBA Stand in Strasbourg.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

With the support of MEP Gilles Pargneaux (S&D) and together with EUCOBAT (European association of national collection schemes for batteries), Corepile and Screlec (both French take-back schemes), the one-day campaign aimed at highlighting the challenges in reaching the 45% collection target set by the Batteries Directive 2006/66/EC.

Based on the 2017 data[1], only 18 out of the 28 EU Member States have reached or exceeded the 45% collection target. The current calculation methodology which is based on three-year average sales does not reflect the reality of the portable battery market. EPBA advocates for a collection target that is based on what is available for collection, taking into account the batteries that are exported outside the EU either in appliances (EEE) or in electronic waste (WEEE).

“The current calculation methodology has hampered the achievement of the Directive’s 45% collection target for waste portable batteries in Europe. This is a message that EPBA will continue insisting on during the revision process of the Batteries Directive,” stated Hans Craen, EPBA’s Secretary General.

Download press release here

EPBA Battery Collection Info Sheet

The video of the event is available here

-End-

 

 About EPBA

The European Portable Battery Association is the leading voice of the portable power industry. It supports the common interests of its members regarding portable batteries and battery chargers with European institutions and other leading international bodies to provide consumers with complete power solutions which are sustainable across their life-cycle.

 

For more information contact:

Hans Craen, EPBA’s Secretary General

+32 2 761 16 02 –  epba@kellencompany.com

[1] EPBA, The collection of waste portable batteries in Europe in view of the achievability of the collection targets set by Batteries Directive 2006/66/EC, March 2019, https://www.epbaeurope.net/news/epba-study-on-the-collection-of-waste-portable-batteries-in-europe-data-2017-short-update/

 

Press release for portable battery collection report 2017 data

The European Portable Battery Association (EPBA) released today the 6th update of its annual report on the collection of waste portable batteries. This report provides the most up to date analysis of the collection rates for portable batteries in the EU Member States as well as Norway and Switzerland.

The press release can be downloaded here

EPBA launches awareness campaign on button battery safety

BRUSSELS, 19 December 2018 — The European Portable Battery Association (EPBA) launched today an awareness campaign addressed to parents on the safe use of button batteries. EPBA developed an animated video (https://youtu.be/nwLLFJUcphw) which gives parents all the necessary information on the safe use of button and coin cells. It also highlights the steps to be taken in case a child has swallowed such a battery.

EPBA Press release on the launch of its website on guidance for battery safety

Brussels, 6 October 2015 — The European Portable Battery Association launched today a website with guidance on how to handle safely button/coin cells – http://buttonbatterysafety.com/. This dedicated website is addressed to parents as well as the medical profession to ensure they have all the necessary information on safe usage of the batteries. It also highlights the steps medical professionals can take in case of an incident.