Ban on cadmium in power tool batteries approved

Power Tool

November 2013

In October 2013 MEPs approved an amendment to Batteries Directive 2006/66/EC which removes the exemption from the ban on cadmium in portable batteries used in power tools from 31 December 2016.

Other amendments yet to be agreed by the Council of Ministers include:

  • The removal of the exemption for button cells from the mercury limit 21 months after publication of the amendment to 2006/66/EC
  • The marketing of non-compliant batteries under the new cadmium and mercury restriction until stocks are expended, should those batteries be placed on the market before the new restrictions are in force.
  • The clarification of the removability of batteries from EEE by professionals through the addition of the following clause to Article 11: “Where [batteries] cannot be readily removed by the end-user, Member States shall ensure that manufacturers design appliances in such a way that waste batteries and accumulators can be readily removed by qualified professionals that are independent of the manufacturer. Appliances in which batteries and accumulators are incorporated shall be accompanied by instructions on how those batteries and accumulators can be safely removed by either the end-user or by independent qualified professionals.”

Source: Perchards/Sagis