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Reese’s Law, signed by the Biden administration in 2022, has placed safety requirements on consumer products containing button cell or coin batteries in a significant stride towards enhancing child safety.
16 CFR 1263
In September 2023, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) published a direct final rule (16 CFR 1263) establishing performance and labeling requirements for products containing these batteries.
In September 2023, ANSI/UL 4200A-2023, the Standard for Safety for Products Incorporating Button Batteries or Coin Cell Batteries voted as the mandatory safety standard for consumer products containing button cell or coin batteries, ensuring the performance and labeling requirements of 16 CFR part 1263.
ANSI/UL 4200A-2023 Requirements
Per ANSI/UL 4200A-2023, the requirements are as follows:
- Battery compartments containing replaceable button cell or coin batteries must be secured such that they require the use of a tool or at least two independent and simultaneous hand movements to open.
- Products containing or designed to use one or more button cell or coin batteries, regardless of whether such batteries are intended to be replaced by the consumer or are included with the product or sold separately must not allow such batteries to be accessed or liberated as a result of use and abuse testing.
- The packaging for the overall product must bear a warning.
- The product itself must bear a warning, if practicable.
- Accompanying instructions and manuals must include all the applicable warnings.
Manufacturers of applicable children’s products will be required to have their product tested by a CPSC-accepted, third-party laboratory and provide a Children’s Product Certificate (CPC). Manufacturers of applicable general-use products will require a General Certificate of Conformity (GCC). All manufacturers will be required to self-certify with the CPSC that their products meet the new requirements.
To help navigate the intricacies of Reese's Law, Intertek has prepared a comprehensive set of resources and guidance materials. These resources cover the essential aspects of compliance, providing insights into the regulatory landscape.
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