Georgia Introduces Technical Regulation Based on EU Battery Directive

Georgia’s new Technical Regulation on batteries and battery waste management will come into force on September 1, 2020.

Online PR News – 15-July-2020 – Geneva, Switzerland – Georgia publishes a new Technical Regulation for batteries and battery waste management – Resolution No. 324 of May 25, 2020 on ‘Approval of Technical Regulation on Batteries and Battery Waste Management.’

Published on May 27, 2020, the new Technical Regulation is modeled on European Union (EU) Directive 2006/66/EC, including amendments (consolidated version to July 2018). It includes, inter alia, provisions relating to:

• Scope of batteries and accumulators
• Obligations for economic operators – manufacturers (which includes importers), distributors, recyclers, processors, and consumers
• Provisions for the use of mercury, lead and cadmium in batteries and accumulators
• Requirements for collection schemes and collection targets
• Registration requirements for manufacturers – by June 1, 2021
• Labeling requirements for batteries, accumulators, and battery packs if these contain more than the specified quantity of mercury, cadmium and/or lead

The Technical Regulation applies to all types of battery and accumulator, regardless of their shape, size, weight, composition, and use. The exemptions are military equipment, weapons, products for national security, and products designed to be launched into space.

Mercury is restricted to no more than 5 mg/kg (0.0005%) in all types of battery and accumulator, and Cadmium is restricted to no more than 20 mg/kg (0.002%) in portable batteries and accumulators (except batteries in emergency alarm systems and medical devices). Products containing more than 5 mg/kg mercury, 20 mg/kg cadmium, or 40 mg/kg lead, are obliged to be labeled with the relevant chemical symbol, which must be placed beneath the ‘crossed out wheeled bin’ symbol. This must occupy at least one-quarter of the area of that symbol.

The other requirements for symbols are:
• ‘Crossed out wheeled bin’ – at least 3%, but not more than 5 cm², of the largest side of the battery, accumulator, or battery pack.
• Cylindrical cells – at least 1.5%, but not more than 5 cm², of the surface area of the battery or accumulator

In addition, if the size of the battery, accumulator or battery pack is such that the symbol is smaller than 0.5 cm², a symbol of at least 1 cm² must be printed on the packaging.

Georgia’s new Technical Regulation for batteries and battery waste management will come into force on September 1, 2020.

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