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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.

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.

Feb 18 2014

Working Group Makes Progress on Updating UN Testing Requirements for Large Lithium Batteries

A lithium battery working group formed out of the UN Sub-Committee of Experts on the Transport of Dangerous Goods met in early February in Brussels to address a number of proposed changes to the testing requirements and definitions in the UN Manual of Tests and Criteria applicable to large format lithium batteries.

Jan 12 2014

Industry Coalition Urges OMB to Approve Rule Enhancing Safe Air Transport of Lithium Batteries

PRBA–The Rechargeable Battery Association, with other trade groups, manufacturers and transportation companies, has urged the Office of Management and Budget to “act promptly” and finish its review of U.S. Department of Transportation regulations that would advance safety goals by harmonizing U.S. requirements for the air transport of lithium batteries with tougher international rules. In a […]

Jan 9 2014

New Lithium Metal Battery Air Transport Regulations to be Considered at First International Lithium Battery Transport Coordination Meeting

The ICAO Dangerous Goods Panel plans to hold meetings in February and April 2014 to consider new air transport restrictions on lithium metal batteries. The first meeting is scheduled for February 4 – 6, 2014 in Atlantic City, New Jersey. According to ICAO, the primary purpose of this “First International Lithium Battery Transport Coordination Meeting” is to review the air transport of lithium metal batteries in Classes C and E aircraft cargo compartments and develop recommendations that will provide “the international aviation community with an acceptable level of risk and afford the battery industry the least possible burden in implementation.”