New battery regulations for UK
New regulations that set the framework for businesses
wishing to put batteries on the UK market from September
26, 2008 were published after being made by Department
for Business Minister, Malcolm Wicks.
The Batteries and Accumulators (Placing on the Market)
Regulations 2008 set out the technical requirements
with which producers of batteries, and battery-powered
appliances, must comply from September, 2008.
The Regulations, which implement certain provisions
of the EU Batteries and Accumulators Directive,
Facilitate the free movement of compliant batteries
across the EU;
Protect the environment by reducing the levels
of heavy metals they are allowed to contain;
Introduce a labeling regime in preparation
for coming “producer responsibility” legislation
designed to achieve high collection and recycling
The requirements include:
Materials prohibitions - restrictions on the
use of mercury and cadmium in the manufacture
of batteries, unless they are to be used in
specific exempt appliances, or in industrial
applications, in the case of cadmium.
Labeling - the application of the “crossed
out wheeled-bin” and the chemical symbols
for lead, mercury or cadmium, where appropriate.
Removability of waste batteries from certain
appliances, which manufacturers will be required
to design so that access is readily available.
The Regulations will apply to all batteries and
accumulators - no matter their type or where they
are manufactured, whether in the UK, the EU or imported,
and whether sold loose or incorporated into appliances.
The Regulations also set out the enforcement regime
in the UK, which will ensure a level playing field
for anyone placing batteries on the market.