Lithium Battery Regulations and Standards in the EU: An Overview

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Lithium batteries can harm consumers in some circumstances, for example when damaged, defective, or exposed to too much heat. Thus, it is important to ensure that you follow regulations, standards, and other requirements, to minimise the risk of selling a dangerous product.

In this guide, we cover regulations and standards for lithium batteries, including their documentation, labelling, packaging, and lab testing requirements.

However, we do not cover regulations that only affect products containing batteries.
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Lithium Battery Regulations and Standards in the US: An Overview

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Lithium batteries are potentially dangerous products, as they can catch fire, or even explode. This can happen, for example, because the product or the battery itself is defective, overcharged, or overheated. For this reason, it is key to follow safety standards, regulations and other requirements that help you to ensure that the batteries are safe.

In this guide, we cover regulations and standards like the Hazardous Materials Regulations, Reese’s Law, and the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA).

Not that additional requirements may apply to the product that contains lithium batteries. However, this guide is primarily focused on requirements applicable to lithium batteries specifically.

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List of RoHS Lab Testing Companies: An Overview

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RoHS lab testing companies can help you verify that your electronic products comply with the RoHS Directive in the European Union, or related RoHS regulations in other countries.

In this guide, we list several leading companies offering RoHS testing solutions for electronics sold in the EU and elsewhere.

Methodology

For this guide, we prioritised companies claiming to provide RoHS testing in more than one market, such as the European Union and the United States.

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Button Cell and Coin Battery Safety Standards and Regulations in the EU

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EU Button and Coin Battery Regulations

Button cell or coin batteries, including devices containing these, are subject to various regulations and safety standards in the EU. This includes the Battery Regulation, Toy Safety Directive, and the General Product Safety Regulation.

However, the requirements depend on various factors, such as age groups and the type of product the batteries are used for.

In this guide, we take a closer look into these requirements, to help you navigate the various regulations, directives, and standards related to button cell and coin batteries in the EU.

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Button Cell and Coin Battery Safety Standards and Regulations in the United States

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Button Coin Battery Regulations United States

If you are selling button cell or coin batteries, or products containing such batteries in the United States, then you must observe the testing, packaging, labeling, and other requirements set by regulations such as 16 CFR Part 1263.

The regulations presented in this guide may relate to the button cell or coin batteries sold alone, consumer products sold with or designed to use such batteries, or both.

This guide covers laws, federal-level regulations, state-level regulations, and standards.

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LED Lighting Regulations in the United States: An Overview

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LED lighting Safety Standards in the US

LED lighting manufactured or imported for sale in the United States must comply with various regulations and standards. On top of that, there are also voluntary standards that in practice are required.

This guide explains how regulations such as 47 CFR Part 15, 10 CFR Part 305, and RoHS, are relevant to LED lighting products. In addition, we also cover relevant UL standards and explain the importance of lab testing before selling LED lighting.

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LED Lighting Regulations in the European Union: An Overview

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LED Lighting Safety Standards in the EU

Companies importing and manufacturing LED lighting products for the EU market must ensure compliance with various regulations and directives. These, in turn, set requirements concerning electrical safety, energy efficiency, labelling, documentation,  and lab testing.

This guide explains how different directives and regulations are relevant to LED lighting products, including the Low Voltage Directive, Ecodesign Directive, the Energy Labelling Framework Regulation, and the RoHS Directive.
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Amazon Lithium Batteries Requirements For Sellers: An Overview

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Lithium Batteries Requirements

Selling lithium batteries and products that contain lithium batteries on Amazon requires compliance with various regulations, safety standards, and other requirements. These includes UL standards, also dangerous goods requirements.

This guide covers different types of lithium batteries and the requirements that apply in terms of standards. We also take a look at button and coin batteries which are covered by additional requirements.

This guide only takes requirements related to selling lithium batteries on Amazon in the United States into consideration. Note that similar requirments also apply when selling products on Amazon in the European Union, Australia, Japan, and elsewhere, although specific requirements may differ.

Methodology: We used information that we found on Amazon Seller Central Guidance pages hosted on Amazon.com (US version). We link to some of these pages, in the sections below.

We also refer to US regulations, such as 16 CFR Part 1263 – Safety Standard for Button Cell or Coin Batteries and Consumer Products Containing Such Batteries.

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AC Adapter Regulations in the United States: An Overview

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AC Adapter Safety Standards in the US

AC adapters, power supplies, and chargers are used to power all sorts of electronics. AC adapters are also potential electrical and fire hazards, which is why these are subject to various regulations and standards in the United States. This includes 47 CFR Part 15, 10 CFR Part 430, and several UL standards – the latter of which are generally voluntary.

This guide serves as an introduction to compliance requirements for AC adapters, and power supplies and chargers in general. You also find examples of relevant standards.

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AC Adapter Regulations in the European Union: An Overview

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AC Adapter Safety Standards in the EU

AC adapters are a type of power supply used to charge phones, laptops, and other electronic devices. These products are subject to several regulations in the European Union, including the Low Voltage Directive, the EMC Directive, and Regulation (EU) 2019/1782, which is an implementing measure under the Ecodesign Directive.

In this guide, we cover requirements of various regulations and directives applicable to AC adapters. We also explain lab testing requirements and risk factors.
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