Batteries Regulation: putting EU consumers safety first

The proposed revision of the EU Batteries Directive to a Regulation represents a key milestone in the pathway towards an increased battery sustainability and sets the scene for an updated policy framework, in view of the essential role of batteries in achieving a zero-emissions EU society by 2050.

The proposed revision of the EU Batteries Directive to a Regulation represents a key milestone in the pathway towards an increased battery sustainability and sets the scene for an updated policy framework, in view of the essential role of batteries in achieving a zero-emissions EU society by 2050. “Driving innovation whilst ensuring consumer safety is a key prerogative for the home appliance industry,” commented Paolo Falcioni, APPLiA Director General, shedding light on the the ways a renewed EU legislation for batteries could pave the way for a better harmonisation of the common rules across Member States, ultimately benefiting the Single Market. 

Watch APPLiA’s short explanatory video, here. 

The introduction of future provisions on battery replaceability by independent operators during the lifetime of an appliance can help improve repairability aspects. Indeed, repair plays an integral part of the industry’s efforts towards sustainability. At the same time, “there can be no compromise on safety,” stressed Mr Falcioni. Many home appliances are often used in constant proximity with water. This is the case for electric toothbrushes, razors or epilators. To protect consumers from safety risks, “appliances are designed in a way to avoid contact between water and batteries, in line with the requirements set by the EU legislation,” explained Falcioni. For this reason, it is important that qualified operators perform adequate tests when replacing batteries in certain appliances, to minimise the risks and prioritise consumer safety first. If a non-qualified repairer would improperly replace batteries in our appliances, safety risks could arise including fire, infections from bio-hazardous residues and breach of EU safety standards,” explained Mr Falcioni. 

Prioritising the safety of consumers is the number one priority for the home appliance industry, from the design phase to the end-of-life of appliances. Correct handling by professional operators with technical skills and competence on specific applications, is key to ensure safety and usability aspects are preserved at all stages. 

Watch APPLiA’s short explanatory video, here.