Mexico Publishes New Standard for Primary Power Units

Dezember 01, 2019

On November 3, 2018 Mexican standard NOM-212-SCFI-2017: “Primary cells and primary batteries – Maximum permissible mercury and cadmium limits – Specifications, test methods and labelling” was published. The document came into force on September 28, 2019.

This mandatory Official Mexican Standard establishes and defines:

  1. characteristics of various types of batteries

  2. classification by the electrochemical system technology

  3. maximum permissible limits of Mercury (0.0005% by weight) and Cadmium (0.0020% by weight)

  4. labeling on packaging and/or on batteries

  5. test methods

  6. sampling

  7. conformity assessment procedure

  8. certification process

This Mexican Standard is applicable to primary power units and batteries that are imported into Mexico and/or marketed in Mexico and indicated in Table 1 of this Standard.

Labelling requirements for packaging and/or batteries

In order to identify the different types of batteries and their characteristics on the body of the battery or on its packaging, the following information should appear:

  1. Battery designation, name or abbreviation of the technology concerned, in accordance with this NOM

  2. Recommended expiry period or year, month or week of manufacturing which may be in the code

  3. Polarity of the positive terminal

  4. Nominal voltage, volts

  5. Name or trademark of the manufacturer or supplier

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