Dear WERCSmart participating suppliser,
The Department of Transportation(DOT) published a proposed rule, 83 Fed. Reg. 60970 (November 27,2018)which amends the current lithium battery regulation. The proposed rule is expected to be finalized and to go into effect on January 1,2020.
According to sub-section 38.3 of the UN Manual of Tests and Crieteria, lithium batteries must be subject to a series of design tests. Downstream shippers and consumers often cannot confirm if their battery was successfully tested. Under the regulation, all manufacturers and subsequent distributers of lithium batteries must provide lithium battery test summaries(TS)using a standard set of elements and be made available to others in the supply chain
Effective June 28,2019-All new registrations added into WERCSmart that are lithium batteries or lithium battry-containing products will require test summary documentation as part of your registration
Effective August 1,2019-All existing registrations in WERCSmart that are lithium batteries or lithium battery-containing products will be SUSPENDED and will appear as "NEEDS ATTENTION" in your dashboard providing test summary documentation in WERCSmart ensures compliance when retailers are shipping you products.
it is suggested that any battery-containing product supplier login to recertify their items in orser to ensure the lithium battery(ies)associated to their items have been appropriately updated.
if the battery does not have the UN38.3 testing document provided by the battery manufacturer,the battery-containing products will not be permitted to be forwarded to a new retailer,have a UPC added,or otherwise be updated until the battery test summary documentation has been resolved.
Battery-containing products that have recertification for UN38.3 testing summanes will need to work with their battery-manufacturer to resolve the issue related to the battery registration in WERCSmart.