Marking of batteries

Marking of batteries and accumulators

Batteries and accumulators must be marked with symbol signifying separate collection and heavy metal content from 26 September 2008 onwards and symbol signifying capacity form 26 September 2009 onwards.

On the battery or its packing must be a carbage can crossed over. This signifies that the battery must be collected separately and it cannot be put to general waste.

Also on the battery or its packing must be a warning sign with heavy metal content. These heavy metals are harmful to the environment.

Pb = contains lead
Cd = contains cadmium
Hg = contains mercury

Portable rechargeable batteries are required to be marked with their capacity from 30 May 2012

EU Commission's regulation 1103/2010 defines that capacity must be marked on portable
batteries and accumulators from 30 May 2012 onwards.

The capacity label is a marking which has to appear either on the battery label, the battery casing and/or the packaging. The capacity of portable rechargeable batteries shall be expressed in ‘milliamperehour(s)’ or ‘ampere‐hour(s)’, using the abbreviations mAh or Ah respectively. Requirements for the size and location of the marking are governed by the regulation.

Regulation does not apply to primary portable batteries and rechargeable batteries that are incorporated or designed to be incorporated in equipment and not intended to be removed during the service life of the equipment, do not have to be labelled with their capacity content. In addition to capacity marking producers are obliged to take care that batteries and accumulators are marked with the separate collection symbol and their heavy metal content. These markings are defined in the battery directive (2006/66/EY) and the national legislation (VNA 422/2008).