NEW MANDATORY STANDARDS FOR BUTTON/COIN BATTERIES AND CONSUMER GOODS CONTAINING THEM
Yesterday the Federal Government announced the introduction of new regulations to improve the safety of button/coin batteries and consumer goods containing them.
As recommended by the ACCC, four new mandatory standards have been introduced:
The new mandatory safety and information standards will require:
- Secure battery compartments for consumer goods that contain button/coin batteries, where the batteries are intended to be replaced, to prevent children from gaining access to the batteries.
- Compliance testing of consumer goods that contain button/coin batteries, whether or not the batteries are intended to be replaced, to demonstrate the battery is secure and cannot be easily released.
- Child-resistant packaging for button/coin batteries, based on their risk profile, to prevent children from gaining access to the batteries.
- Warnings and information to alert consumers that a button/coin battery is included with the product.
The new standards take effect on 22 December 2020 and an 18-month transition period applies from this date. Suppliers have until June 2022 to comply with the new requirements.
Media releases issued yesterday by the Assistant Treasurer and the ACCC can be downloaded below.
Further information on the ACCC’s Final Recommendation and the new mandatory standards are available via the Product Safety Australia website below.