One of the requirements of the EU Batteries and Accumulators Directive 2006/66/EC was the need for Producers to ensure that any automotive or portable batteries, placed on the market, should display a capacity label by 26 September 2009.
BIS recently confirmed that this deadline had been extended and producers of rechargeable portable batteries and automotive batteries must display a capacity marking by 31 May 2012.
Batteries placed on the market prior to this date do not have to be removed from sale and single use portable batteries are not included within the scope of this requirement.
European regulation number 1103/2010 was published on 29 November 2010 and covers producer requirements, exemptions, standards for measuring capacity, what information should be contained on the label and its minimum size and location.
The requirements will be enforced by the National Measurement Office (NMO).
It will be interesting to see which battery manufacturers, if any, will gain or lose market share.
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