ECHA's activites under Batteries Regulation

ECHAs tasks on batteries

ECHA will support the European Commission by

  1. Assisting in preparing the report on substances of concern contained in batteries or used in their manufacturing (Article 6.5);
  2. Preparing, if requested by the Commission, a restriction proposal on substances used in the manufacturing of batteries or present in batteries when they are placed on the market (Article 86). This can happen if the Commission considers that the substance used to manufacture batteries, present in batteries on the market or during recycling and waste stages poses a risk to human health or the environment that is not adequately controlled in the European Economic Area (EEA);
  3. Providing an opinion on the effectiveness of the restriction proposal to control the risk (through the Committee for Risk Assessment, RAC) and the socio-economic impact (through the Committee for Socio-Economic Analysis, SEAC) (Article 87).

The requirements and procedures for developing a restriction proposal and subsequently adopting restrictions under the Batteries Regulation are aligned with those under the REACH Regulation. These include assessments by ECHA's committees, stakeholder consultations, publication of all relevant documents during the different steps of the process on ECHA’s website, and adoption of the restriction by the Commission.