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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-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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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.

Dec 20 2019

It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year – But Be Safe, PRBA Reminds Holiday Flyers Traveling with Lithium Batteries

PRBA-The Rechargeable Battery Association today released its 2019 holiday safety message for airline passengers traveling with either lithium batteries or battery-powered devices, including cameras, chargers, laptops, mobile phones, toys, video games, e-cigarettes and vaporizers.

“With all the bustle and excitement of the holidays, it’s sometimes easy for airline passengers to overlook Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) rules for lithium batteries and battery-powered devices and gifts placed in checked luggage and carry-ons,” PRBA Executive Director George Kerchner said.

Dec 16 2019

Time to Crack Down on Hidden Lithium ion Battery Shipments, says Air Cargo

Governments must begin issuing fines and penalties for manufacturers that make counterfeit batteries or mis-label lithium battery shipments.

In yet another rare example of the air cargo industry working together, IATA, FIATA, Tiaca and the Global Shippers’ Forum have urged governments to step up and enforce regulations. The aim is to prevent the transport of mis-labelled, non-compliant and potentially dangerous lithium ion batteries.