UN 38.3 Certification for Lithium Batteries

Intertek provides testing to UN 38.3 requirements, to ensure the safety of lithium batteries during shipping.

Lithium and lithium-ion batteries are an integral part of everyday life thanks to their small size, and they offer a long life due to the high energy density.  They are used in a wide variety of industries from medical to consumer electronics, industrial applications to transportation, and these small, lightweight energy sources pack quite a punch making them a popular choice for manufacturers everywhere.

Nearly all lithium batteries are required to pass section 38.3 of the UN Manual of Tests and Criteria (UN Transportation Testing). Intertek can test for conformance to the UN Transportation Testing requirements and help manufacturers avoid costly delays in getting their product to market.

Standard UN 38.3
It is important to note that lithium batteries have been identified as a Class 9 dangerous good, during transport. To be safely transported (by air, sea, rail or roadways), they must meet the provisions laid out in Standard UN 38.3. This standard applies to batteries transported either on their own or installed in a device (UN codes 3090/3091 for lithium, 3480/3481 for lithium-ion. And it applies to all points in the battery’s transportation process: from sub-suppliers to end-product manufacturer; manufacturer to distributor; in or out of the product; in the field; during product returns or with non-original packaging.

UN 38.3 has been adopted by regulators and competent authorities around the world, thus making it a requirement for global market access. The protocol includes identifying/classifying lithium batteries; testing/qualification requirements; design guidance/conditions and packaging/shipping obligations.

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Intertek’s complete range of services include Tests 1-8 of this specification:

T1 – Altitude Simulation (Primary and Secondary Cells and Batteries)
T2 – Thermal Test (Primary and Secondary Cells and Batteries)
T3 – Vibration (Primary and Secondary Cells and Batteries)
T4 – Shock (Primary and Secondary Cells and Batteries)
T5 – External Short Circuit (Primary and Secondary Cells and Batteries)
T6 – Impact (Primary and Secondary Cells)
T7 – Overcharge (Secondary Batteries)
T8 – Forced Discharge (Primary and Secondary Cells)

Contact us today for a quote on UN 38.3 testing and to learn how Intertek’s Total Quality Assurance expertise, delivered consistently with precision, pace and passion, enables our customers to power ahead safely.


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