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Directive 2013/56/EU amending Battery Directive 2006/66/EC was recently published in the Official Journal of the European to set a sunset date for exemptions regarding cadmium in cordless power tools and mercury in button cells.

The European Commission has reviewed the exemptions in Directive 2006/66/EC. Because of the availability of substitute technologies, the review led to a conclsion that the prohibition of the use of cadmium and mercury should be extended, so as to reduce the amount of the two regulated substances released into the environment.

  • The exemption for cadmium content in portable batteries or accumulators intended for use in cordless power tools will be cancelled after 31 December 2016.
  • The exemption for button cells with a mercury content of no more than 2% by weight will be cancelled after 1 October 2015.

Nevertheless, batteries and accumulators which do not meet the requirements of the Directive 2013/56/EU, but which were lawfully placed on the market prior to the date of application of respective prohibitions, may continue to be marketed until stocks are exhausted.

In regard to button cells for hearing aids, the Commission shall maintain under review the exemption and report to the European Parliament and the Council on the availability of button cells for hearing aids which are in compliance no later than 1 October 2014. Where justified due to the lack of availability of button cells for hearing aids, the Commission shall hold a view to extending the exemption.

In response to the new amendment, enterprises have to take action. SGS will work with clients to meet the requirements timely through our professional services.

For further information, please contact: 

E&E Technology CS Team
t: +852 2765 3617
f: +852 2766 3778

Get a copy in PDF version: EU Battery Directive: Exemption Amended

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