IBVTA Launches Battery Stewardship Guide

Posted 17th November 2020 by Dave Cross
The Independent British Vape Trade Association (IBVTA) launched its first ever comprehensive guide to battery stewardship last week. It says it utilises the sector-leading expertise of the IBVTA’s steering committee, with significant engagement from external stakeholders, the IBVTA have produced the first comprehensive guide to battery stewardship for the UK vaping sector.

IBVTA says the guide will assist any size vape business, producer, or vendor with compliance for supply to the UK market of vaping devices containing integrated batteries and portable batteries for use in vaping devices.

The document content is broken down into detailed sections, designed to make the guide easy to navigate for persons engaged at any point in the supply chain, regardless of their technical and/or regulatory experience. Several sections also include Best Practice Guidance, providing readers of any experience level a clear take-home message from the section.  

The organisation says its guide offers businesses a unique reference document, bringing together all the relevant regulation and guidance. The comprehensive guide has been produced with significant contribution by Kent County Council Trading Standards, the IBVTA’s primary authority partnership uniquely focused on the independent vaping sector. Additional contributing UK government stakeholders include the Office for Product Safety & Standards (OPSS) and the Health and Safety Executive (HSE).

Topics include:

  • Relevant regulations for the supply of vaping devices with integrated batteries and/or portable batteries to the UK market. E.g., The Electromagnetic Compatibility Regulations 2016, RoHS 2012, REACH (SVHC), CE marking of Vaping Devices
  • Product safety including Product Safety Incident Plan (PSIP), traceability, monitoring and corrective action plan
  • Battery standards including specific requirements and tests according to EC EN 62133-2:2017
  • Shipping with detail of applicable UN regulation, packaging and labelling requirements
  • UN Transportation Testing (UN38.3) for lithium cells and batteries
  • Environmental disposal – WEEE 2013, Waste Batteries and Accumulators Regulations 2009
  • Consumer rights with practical guidance for business on the requirements of the Consumer Rights Act 2015
  • Product liability with helpful best practice guidance for vendors
  • Useful links to relevant regulations and guidance

Speaking on the launch of the guide, Chief Executive, Gillian Golden said: “Battery stewardship is an issue the IBVTA takes very seriously. This guidance is unique in the vaping sector as it is the first ever guide designed to assist all businesses in getting the best from their supply chain, wherever they sit within it. It will be of immense value and importance to producers, importers and vaping retailers.’’

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Wendy May, IBVTA’s Primary Authority Trading Standards Officer at Kent County Council said, “It has been a rewarding experience working in partnership with the IBVTA and a number of Government departments to produce this Battery Steward guidance, ensuring accurate information is available for their members and the wider vaping community’’.

IBVTA points out the comprehensive guide is just one of a range of benefits available through the IBVTA to support businesses. “Join up as a member or contact us with any questions you might have. You can download an executive summary of the guide here. Alternatively, to purchase the IBVTA’s Battery Stewardship Guide in PDF Format for the one-off price of £50, please email us at [email protected].”

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