Batteries: Design for removability requirements

Article 11 of the Batteries Directive required equipment manufacturers to

design appliances in such a way that waste batteries and accumulators can be readily removed. Where they cannot be readily removed by the end-user...manufacturers [should] design appliances in such a way that waste batteries and accumulators can be readily removed by qualified professionals that are independent of the manufacturer.

Article 11 also requires the manufacturer to provide instructions with the equipment showing how waste batteries can be removed safely. Article 11 emphasises that appliances where continuity of power supply requires a permanent connection to the battery for safety, performance, medical or data integrity reasons are exempt from the removability requirements. Other appliances, where there is no requirement for a permanent connection to provide continuity of power supply, are not covered by this exemption.