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Which certifications are required to import products with lithium batteries to EU?

To import products with lithium batteries to EU, what are required regarding the product certifications? We summarize the most essential product certifications for you.

UN 38.3

The scope of application covers almost the whole world and is a safety and performance test. As long as the shipping package which involves air transportation contains lithium batteries, regardless it is a small button battery, a battery installed in the device, or a battery mounted in the package with the device , all need to carry out the UN38.3 test and obtain the air transport identification report before passing the air inspection.

MSDS/DMS report

Many importers encounter this problem:  When shipping products with batteries, shipping companies need suppliers to provide MSDS reports.  Importees or suppliers who have not done MSDS will have doubts, what is MSDS? Why should I apply for MSDS? How to apply for MSDS? Who to apply for MSDS? These are troublesome questions; we hope the following content can clear your doubts. Please read more in this article.

MSDS can be prepared by the manufacturer according to relevant rules. However, to ensure the accuracy and standardization of the report, you can apply to a third-party testing agency for compilation.

IEC 62133

IEC 62133 is an important international standard for lithium-ion batteries in the world and an important basis for IECEE-CB certification. At present, Japan, South Korea, Thailand, India, and other countries have adopted IEC 62133 to formulate their own national standards, and these standards have become an important basis for market access in these countries.

The new edition of IEC 62133 was published on February 7, 2017. IEC 62133 is under the jurisdiction of IEC/SC21A and is specifically formulated by WG4. The first edition was released in 2002, and the second edition was released in 2012.

CE certification

The scope of application is the European Union, and it is divided into safety and performance tests. Compared with UL certification, CE certification has a relatively higher probability of passing (safety).

CE certification is a self-declaration. If the manufacturer has the ability to test in their facility, he can make a self-declaration, put the CE conformity label on his product and sell it in Europe. However, if their products are concluded as unqualified by random inspection in the EU market, they will be recalled from the market and punished with severe fines, so many importers entrust third parties to conduct testing for the imported products, which largely avoids the risk of recall.