eBay in Australia is warning sellers that sell products with button batteries that they must comply with a new law that will go into effect on 22nd June 2022.
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The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has developed new mandatory safety standards for button/coin batteries sold to consumers in the country.
This means eBay will require products containing button batteries and packaging to comply with these new safety standards which include:
- Securing battery compartments to prevent children from gaining access to the batteries.
- Supplying batteries in child-resistant packaging.
- Undertaking compliance testing.
- Placing additional warnings and emergency advice on packaging and instructions.
eBay advises sellers they must ensure to make any manufacturing and design changes, remove non-compliant listings and undertake any testing necessary to ensure compliance with the standards ahead of the laws becoming mandatory on 22 June.
The ACCC has produced several documents that can help sellers with being compliant.
- Button and coin batteries
- Button/coin batteries and consumer goods containing button/coin batteries fact sheet
- Button/coin battery safety – a guide for business on the application of mandatory standards
The law is specific to Australian suppliers of products containing button batteries. It specifically states that importers must comply with the new regulations, but it does not appear to apply to businesses (suppliers or sellers) located outside Australia that send items directly to a consumer in Australia.
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