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Parliamentary questions
22 March 2012
Joint answer given by Mr Potočnik on behalf of the Commission
Written questions : E-000841/12 , E-001504/12

Given the technical complexity to design a single and meaningful label for portable non-rechargeable batteries and accumulators, the Commission has issued a mandate to the standardisation bodies (CEN/CENELEC) to study the feasibility of establishing a standardised capacity label by June 2012. Such capacity label would provide an indication in ampere hours (Ah).

Until EU harmonised legislation for portable non-rechargeable batteries and accumulators is in place, Member States are not obliged to introduce or require the use of capacity labels, and battery producers are not obliged to place capacity labels on them, unless required under national law. Any national labelling requirements will apply only until harmonised EU requirements are in place(1). Meanwhile, EU Member States must notify the Commission of any new technical implementing measure(s), in accordance with Directive 98/34/EC for standardisation and technical regulations(2).

(1)Clarification provided in ‘Questions and Answers’ document on the Batteries Directive 2006/66/EC, available at: http://ec.europa.eu/environment/waste/batteries/pdf/qa.pdf
(2)Directive 98/34/EC of the Parliament and of the Council of 22 June 1998, laying down a procedure for the provision of information in the field of technical standards and regulations and of rules on Information Society services, OJ L 204, 21.7.1998, as amended by Directive 98/48/EC, OJ L 217, 5.8.1998.

Last updated: 29 March 2012Legal notice