Australian Competition & Consumer Commission (ACCC) - Button Batteries
This information was current as at July 18, 2023
Comtest Group – Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) – Button Batteries
The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has recently revealed alarming statistics indicating that one in three products containing button batteries, sold in Australia, fails to meet mandatory safety standards. Despite the introduction of stricter regulations last year, the ACCC’s investigation into over 400 businesses across the country has found concerning levels of non-compliance. Comtest Group, a leading testing and certification organisation, recognises the urgency to address this issue and offers its expertise to assist businesses in meeting safety standards for button cell battery products.
Button cell batteries pose significant risks, particularly to young children. These small, round batteries are easily swallowed and can cause severe damage to a child’s tissue and vital organs. When ingested, the battery’s chemical reaction can burn through the body, leading to life-threatening injuries or even death. It is crucial to ensure that products containing button cell batteries adhere to strict safety standards to prevent such tragedies.
The ACCC’s investigation revealed that out of 819 products assessed, approximately 93% met the standards for child-safe packaging and secure battery compartments. However, only 66% of the products featured the mandatory safety warnings and emergency advice necessary to inform consumers about the risks associated with button cell batteries. This lack of compliance is deeply concerning and underscores the need for businesses to prioritise the safety of their products.
Comtest Group offers a range of services aimed at assisting businesses in meeting safety standards and achieving compliance. With a focus on button cell battery products, Comtest Group provides the following support:
- Product Testing and Evaluation
- Compliance Guidance and Certification
- Risk Mitigation and Product Improvement
In addition to its services, Comtest Group actively supports the ACCC’s call for action. They urge all Australians to inspect battery operated toys or devices at home, even those purchased before the new regulations came into effect. Consumers should promptly contact the 24/7 Poisons Information Centre at the first suspicion of a child swallowing or inserting a button battery for immediate expert advice.
Conclusion: The non-compliance of button cell battery safety standards revealed by the ACCC is deeply concerning and demands urgent action. Comtest Group stands ready to assist businesses in addressing this issue, providing comprehensive testing, compliance support and risk mitigation services. By prioritising safety businesses can protect consumers, especially young children, from the severe dangers associated with button cell batteries.
Comtest Group’s expertise and dedication contribute to a safer marketplace and help prevent tragic incidents caused by non-compliant products.