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Countdown to implementation of new battery regulation (EU) 2023/1542 Release Time:2024-02-06

The European Parliament and the Council have adopted the new Batteries and Waste Batteries Regulation (EU) 2023/1542 on July 12, 2023. This regulation supplements Directive 2008/98/EC and Regulation (EU) 2019/1020. and replaces 2006/66/EC. This Regulation as a whole is legally binding and directly applicable to all EU Member States.

(EU) 2023/1542 has entered into force on August 17, 2023, and will be implemented on February 18, 2024. The current Battery Directive 2006/66/EC, with some exceptions, will be repealed on August 18, 2025. Member states should formulate penalty details applicable to violations of the new regulations before this date.

New changes in (EU) 2023/1542

Compared with the Battery Directive 2006/66/EC, the requirements of the new Battery Regulation (EU) 2023/1542 have undergone a series of major changes. as follows:

lNew classification method of batteries based on usage;

lNew CE marking requirements and related conformity assessment procedures;

lHarmonization of laws related to the new legislative framework, such as the obligations of economic operators and EU market surveillance activities;

lStrengthen policies and requirements for sustainable development and environmental protection, such as restricted substances and performance durability of batteries, carbon footprint and recycled content used, life cycle and health in label information, QR identification codes and digital battery passports, supply chain due diligence, as well as the removable and replaceable batteries in the end product, etc.


Battery Type

The new battery regulations apply to all types of batteries within the EU (except for special purposes such as military, aerospace, and nuclear energy), and according to different usage scenarios, batteries are divided into the following five types:

1. Portable battery:

Portable Battery, sealed, less than 5kg, does not belong to other types of batteries.

2. Start the light ignition battery:

Starting, Lighting and Ignition Battery, referred to as SLI battery, is used for vehicle ignition, lighting, or starting purposes; or for auxiliary or backup batteries on vehicles, other transportation or mechanical transportation equipment.

3. Light electric vehicle batteries:

Light Means of Transport Battery, referred to as LMT battery, is a sealed type, less than 25kg, drives L-shaped vehicles (such as common electric bicycles and other two-wheeled vehicles) and is not a car power battery.

4. Electric vehicle batteries:

Electric Vehicle Battery, referred to as EV battery, is used for traction batteries of hybrid or pure electric vehicles; or batteries used for L-shaped light vehicles but weighing more than 25kg.

5. Industrial batteries:

Industrial Battery refers to batteries designed for industrial use and including batteries that are reused for industrial use; or other batteries exceeding 5kg that are not LMT/SLI/EV.


AGC reminder

It is recommended that customers of batteries or end products equipped with batteries take action as early as possible to adjust the design and production requirements of their products to comply with the new regulations to avoid products that do not comply with the new regulations after February 2024, or are not implemented after August 2024 The risk of being detained at customs due to CE marking compliance requirements, etc.

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