Battery standard IEC 62133 transition deadline extended
In June 2009, the CMC (Certification Management Committee of the CB Scheme) made a decision that Lithium Ion (and nickel Metal Hydride) batteries used in all types of equipment and appliances should comply with the IEC Standard 62133 as follows:
- From June 26, 2010 until June 26, 2011, LI batteries tested to the UL standard 1642 must be subjected to additional testing to the identified differences between UL 1642 and IEC 62133.
- From June 27, 2011, batteries must be tested and certified to IEC 62133 only.
In March 2010, IECEE announced that the implementation of the CMC Decision on Batteries has been postponed. The CTL (Committee of Testing Laboratories of the CB Scheme) is working on the official comparison of IEC 62133 and UL 1642 as well as UL 2054, and is expected to submit its final results for approval by the CMC at the July 2010 meeting in Tel Aviv. The CMC will then decide on the appropriate timing and format of the transition.
UL encourages manufacturers to decide when to submit their cells and batteries for testing early to avoid possible delays. UL is ready to support your submission by providing the required testing and certification services in a timely and professional manner.