EU – AMENDMENT OF BATTERY DIRECTIVE 2006/66/EC
In October 2013 we have informed you about the positive vote of the European Parliament to limit mercury and cadmium in certain battery types. An amendment of the EU Battery Directive has been published on 10th of December 2013. From the autumn of 2015, the EU will prohibit the use of mercury button batteries.
The restriction of cadmium in portable batteries and accumulators expands on cordless power tools which so far have benefited from an exemption. Such batteries are not allowed to contain more than 0.002% of cadmium by weight after 31st December 2016 since suitable cadmium-free alternatives are available on the market.
After enforcement of the new law the exemption of cadmium based batteries will be limited to applications in emergency systems and lighting as well as in medical equipment as outlined in Directive 2006/66/EC.
Information Resource: 2013/56/EU
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