The BattG implements the European Battery Directive 2006/66 / EC into German law. It regulates the placing on the market, the return and the environmentally friendly disposal of batteries and accumulators.
The law first came into force in 2009 and was updated in 2021 (BattG2).
Which products are affected
Affected non-rechargeable batteries (are primary batteries ) and rechargeable batteries ( secondary batteries , rechargeable batteries ), regardless of whether they are installed in equipment or not - unless an exception applies.
The Battery Act distinguishes between three basic types of batteries:
1. Portable batteries are batteries that are sealed and can be held in the hand, but not the requirements for vehicle - or batteries industry meet. This type class includes most of the small batteries that are usually freely available in stores, for example in the standards AA (Mignon), AAA (Micro), 9-volt block, C (Baby), D (Mono) or Button cell.
2. Vehicle batteries (including batteries starter or car batteries called) are batteries that are intended for automotive starter, lighting or ignition power. Vehicles within the meaning of the Battery Act are land vehicles that are moved by machine power without being tied to railroad tracks. A deposit system applies when trading in vehicle batteries.
3. Industrial batteries are batteries according to the following criteria
Batteries that can only be used for industrial, commercial or agricultural purposes ,
Batteries for propulsion of electric or hybrid vehicles are determined (then traction batteries referred to),
Device batteries that are not encapsulated or cannot be held in the hand (e.g. because they are too big or too heavy),
Other batteries that none of the basic definitions for industrial batteries , vehicle batteries or portable batteries meet
Manufacturers, importers and, if applicable, foreign suppliers must first register with the battery register of the EAR Foundation for all battery brands and battery classes before they are allowed to sell or market corresponding batteries for the first time in Germany.
Manufacturers, importers and dealers who violate the BattG expose themselves to the risk of various sanctions. On the administrative side, there is a risk of high fines of up to €100,000 as well as other measures. In general, violations of the Battery Act automatically result in a sales ban.
Manufacturers of batteries and rechargeable batteries for the first time in Germany must register with the EAR Foundation as soon as they offer such items for sale or put them on the market.
The following information must be provided when registering:
Name and address of the manufacturer or his authorized representative
Name of a person authorized to represent
Unique registration or tax number of the manufacturer,
(only in case of authorization) Commissioning by the manufacturer,
Brands of batteries to be registered,
Types of batteries to be registered
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