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Powering the Future!

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-nine 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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Aug 31 2020

PRBA Opposes NTSB’s Lithium Battery Recommendations Cites Risk to Medical Patients, Threat to U.S. Military, Harm to U.S. Lithium Battery Industry

PRBA-The Rechargeable Battery Association challenged the National Transportation Safety Board’s recommendations that would ban shipments by air of prototype lithium batteries. In a letter to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s  Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, PRBA warned that implementation of the NTSB’s recommendations would prevent its members from operating globally and “endanger the safety of […]

Jun 10 2020

U.S. National Transportation Safety Board Issues Recommendations to Prohibit Transport of Prototype Lithium ion Batteries by Air

The United States National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) released on June 8, 2020 a Safety Recommendation Report that calls on the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) to carry to the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) Dangerous Goods Panel a proposal to prohibit the transport of prototype lithium ion batteries by air and eliminate from 49 […]

May 11 2020

U.S. Department of Transportation Agrees with PRBA’s Request to Postpone Compliance Date Associated with UN38.3 Lithium Battery Test Summary

The U.S. Department of Transportation Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration published its HM-215O Harmonization Final Rule on May 11, 2020 that includes several amendments to the lithium battery provisions in 49 CFR 173.185 of the U.S. hazardous materials regulations. In the Final Rule, the Agency agreed with PRBA’s request for a January 1, 2022 […]

Apr 29 2020

PRBA Begins Work on NFPA and International Fire Code Battery Storage Proposals

The Fire Code Committee at PRBA – The Rechargeable Battery Association recently convened to start working on new battery storage proposals that could be incorporated into Chapter 14 of the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 855 standard and the International Fire Code (IFC). While the primary concern among fire code officials is the storage of […]

Apr 9 2020

PRBA Files Three Co-Authored Proposals to Amend the UN’s Lithium Battery Transport Regulations

Amendments Include Modification of New Test Summary Requirement In preparation for the United Nations Sub-Committee of Experts on the Transport of Dangerous Goods meeting scheduled for June 29 – July 8, 2020, PRBA – The Rechargeable Battery Association has filed three proposals in cooperation with several other associations to amend the lithium battery regulations found in […]

Jan 16 2020

Industry Rises Against Dangers of Rogue Lithium Battery Shipments

As the threat of mis-declared or ill-packaged shipments carrying lithium batteries looms large, the aviation industry is joining forces to fight the menace. As e-commerce and demand for cleaner technology grows, the demand for lithium batteries is also seeing an upward trend. It’s time this industry affair got more attention to make aviation safer.

The difference between the words compliant and complaint is not just the placement of two alphabets. When compliance is compromised, complaints over security become inevitable. That safety is aviation’s top priority is stating an obvious fact. What is not obvious though is the threat to this safety brought about by the rising of rogue shipping incidents.