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.
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.
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.
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 […]
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.”
PRBA – The Rechargeable Battery Association raised numerous battery issues during the recent two-week meeting of the ICAO Dangerous Goods Panel (DGP) in Montreal, where U.S. and international transportation regulators and battery industry leaders convened to consider possible changes to international standards on the air transport of lithium batteries.
It is regrettable that readers of Flying Typers were gratuitously misinformed by your recent articles (1 August 2013 and 21 August 2013) on lithium batteries, specifically the applicability of the dangerous goods regulations, PRBA’s position on these regulations, PRBA’s role in the dangerous goods regulatory process, the evolution of the lithium battery dangerous goods regulations over the last eight years and the UN Sub-Committee of Experts’ and ICAO Dangerous Goods Panel’s extensive efforts to develop a regulatory framework that ensures the safe transport of lithium batteries. We are writing to correct the compendium of egregious errors, shoddy reporting and outright falsehoods contained in your articles.
PRBA–The Rechargeable Battery Association commends the General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) of the United Arab Emirates for the release of a comprehensive report detailing its thorough investigation into the 2010 cargo plane accident near Dubai.