Electric batteries are invaluable in today's world and have become an integral part of everyday life. Disposable batteries (also called primary batteries) are ideal for short-term use, such as flashlights. Accumulators (also called secondary batteries) are rechargeable and designed for long-term use, such as smartphones or electric vehicles.
For companies, knowledge of legal regulations for batteries is essential. Failure to comply can result in significant legal and financial consequences for the company and responsible persons.
Knowing the Regulatory Framework
The legal framework for batteries is complex and multi-layered. In the European Union, laws and regulations govern the production, distribution and disposal of batteries. A central concern is the regulation of battery take-back obligations and the associated traceability.
The Battery Ordinance sets specific safety and environmental standards for batteries. The Electrical Equipment Regulation determines the rules for the handling of battery-operated electrical and electronic equipment at the end of their service life.
National laws may supplement or deviate from European requirements. Companies should therefore always keep an eye on the current regulations for each country.
Using Information and Communication Systems
Companies use specialized systems to track and take back batteries.
They promote understanding of applicable regulations and provide up-to-date information for constant monitoring of compliance processes. These systems therefore support the safety of batteries and reduce possible negative environmental impacts.
Careful coordination of relevant systems in the company with official systems enables effortless battery compliance.
Meeting Compliance Requirements
Knowledge of and adherence to compliance rules is a continuous process. Affected company areas must be continuously checked for legal obligations. This requires specialist knowledge of operational processes and the relevant battery-related laws in relevant countries.
Companies can optimize compliance and meet requirements by relying on expert software and compliance services. This support enables efficient use of company resources.