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UL 4200A Battery Testing

On August 16, 2022, President Biden signed Reese’s Law, marking a significant step towards enhancing battery safety.  The point of this law is to prevent injuries caused by the ingestion of button cell or coin cell batteries by children under six years old.  The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission has adopted ANSI/UL 4200A-2023 as the standard for safety.

When will this law go into effect?  The law went into effect on March 19, 2024, with specific labeling requirements for button cell batteries.  For coin batteries, the law goes into effect on September 21, 2024.

What does the law cover?  The law covers consumer products sold in the United States that incorporate both removable and non-removable button cell or coin batteries.  This includes children’s products and general use products, as well as single-cell batteries with a diameter exceeding their height, or any other types identified by the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) as posing ingestion risks.  Examples include:  consumer electronics, audio/video devices, IT equipment, etc.

Who needs to comply with this law?  Manufacturers, importers, and retailers involved in the production, importation, or sale of covered products are directly affected by this new regulation.

What do I need to do?  If you are a manufacturer, importer, and/or retailer involved in the production, importation, or sale of covered products, F2 Labs can evaluate your product for UL 4200A compliance. Contact us today for a quote.

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