UL (Underwriters Laboratories) has recently received an accreditation from the IECEE for eight critical safety and performance IEC battery standards expanding UL both as a National Certification Body (NCB) & Certification Body Test Laboratory (CBTL) in the IEC BATT Category. The additions of these standards represent the most relevant and sought after IEC battery standards by industry. It also re-affirms UL’s commitment for a safer world and more reliable products for all people.
The newly added IEC Standards include:
- IEC 60086-1:2011 – Primary batteries – Part 1: General
- IEC 60086-2:2011 – Primary batteries – Part 2: Physical and electrical specifications
- IEC 60086-4:2007 – Primary batteries – Part 4: Safety of lithium batteries
- IEC 60086-5:2011 – Primary batteries – Part 5: Safety of batteries with aqueous electrolyte
- IEC 61951-1:2003 + A1:2005 – Secondary cells and batteries containing alkaline or other non-acid electrolytes – Portable sealed rechargeable single cells – Part 1: Nickel-cadmium
- IEC 61951-2:2011 – Secondary cells and batteries containing alkaline or other non-acid electrolytes – Portable sealed rechargeable single cells – Part 2: Nickel-metal hydride
- IEC 61960:2011 – Secondary cells and batteries containing alkaline or other non-acid electrolytes – Secondary lithium cells and batteries for portable applications
- IEC 62281:2012 – Safety of primary and secondary lithium cells and batteries during transport
According to the IECEE metrics for 2012 released earlier this year, UL is the number one global NCB in the BATT category, issuing the most CB certificates in the world that account for 45 percent of all CB Certificates issued. Also, the IEC BATT category expansion above will coincide and can be offered with UL’s existing NCB and CBTL status for:
- IEC 62133:2002 & IEC 62133:2012 – Secondary cells and batteries containing alkaline or other non-acid electrolytes — Safety requirements for portable sealed secondary cells, and for batteries made from them, for use in portable applications
UL has more than 30 years’ experience in the field of battery safety, and its expertise in testing and certifying battery cells and battery packs has been widely recognized. We test and certify batteries against an ever-expanding list of UL and other international standards. UL also participates in various battery committees such as those for IEC SC21A, IEC TC 35, ANSI/NEMA C18, and CTIA.