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Serving as the Voice of the Rechargeable Power Industry, Representing its Members on Legislative, Regulatory and Standards issues at the State, Federal and International Level.

PRBA - The Leader in the Rechargeable Battery Industry

Over the past twenty-two years PRBA has developed cooperative working relationships with transportation and environmental organizations ranging from local and national groups throughout North America to national and international industry related trade associations and government agencies in Europe and Asia.

In 2004, PRBA was granted official observer status by the United Nations Committee of Experts on the Transport of Dangerous Goods and on the Globally Harmonised System of Chemical Classification and Labeling. These relationships will assist PRBA member companies in dealing with “globalization” issues such as the transportation of, collection, and labeling of rechargeable batteries as they manufacture and sell globally.

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Sep 26 2014

Today’s Lithium Battery Transport Rules Govern New Drone Technologies

As Unmanned Aerial Vehicles  – or drones – become more commercially available and the list of industries utilizing the technology expands, companies should be aware of the stringent transportation regulations applicable to the lithium ion batteries that power virtually every UAV. These transportation regulations address the packaging, testing and size limitations (in Watt-hours and kilograms) […]

Aug 11 2014

PRBA Seeks ICAO’s Assistance on Enforcement of Lithium Battery Transport Regulations

In a letter to the Secretary General of the International Civil Aviation Organization, PRBA – The Rechargeable Battery Association expressed strong concerns about the dangers posed by non-compliant air shipments of lithium batteries and requested ICAO’s help to address the matter.

Aug 4 2014

PRBA Commends PHMSA for Issuing Final Rule Strengthening Lithium Battery Transport Regulations

The Rechargeable Battery Association today thanked the U.S. Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration for releasing a final rule on the transport of lithium batteries, the culmination of a four and a half year effort to enhance safety by harmonizing U.S. hazardous materials transport regulations with the more stringent international dangerous goods standards, which took effect on January 1, 2013.

Apr 22 2014

ICAO Agrees to Prohibit Lithium Metal Batteries as Cargo on Passenger Aircraft; Plans to Address Cargo Aircraft in October 2014

The ICAO Dangerous Goods Panel (DGP), meeting in Montreal the week of April 7 – 11, 2014, agreed to a prohibition on the transport of lithium metal batteries as cargo on passenger aircraft and several consequential amendments to the lithium battery Packing Instructions in the ICAO Technical Instructions for the Safe Transport of Dangerous Goods by Air. The DGP’s decision must now be formally ratified by the ICAO Air Navigation Commission and ICAO Council, which is expected to occur in early May, 2014. The prohibition is expected to take effect January 1, 2015.

Mar 31 2014

Lithium Battery International Dangerous Goods Transport Regulations under Scrutiny Once Again

The ICAO Dangerous Goods Panel Working Group on Lithium Batteries is scheduled to meet the week of April 7th in Montreal to consider new restrictions on lithium metal batteries shipped by air.  In addition, the UN Sub-Committee of Experts on the Transport of Dangerous Goods is scheduled to meet the week of June 23rd in […]

Mar 21 2014

The Rechargeable Battery Association Statement on Malaysian Air Flight MH370

PRBA shares the concerns about the fate of Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, the passenger and its crew. Until it is determined what happened to the airliner, it is premature to speculate about reasons for its disappearance.