As of February 1st, 2021, Regulation (EU) 2019/1148 that prohibits the sale of sulfuric acid for batteries to the public and to end-users, will enter into force and be applied throughout the European territory.
The principle is to prevent the use of sulfuric acid (which usually comes in the form of a pack with the unactivated battery), for purposes other than charging and activating a battery.
All distribution players will have to adapt to this new regulation.
Current offer in terms of Powersport and Lawn & Garden batteries consists of:
DRY and MF batteries – Non activated and delivered with an acid pack :
These batteries must be charged and activated by a professional before being sold to public. The professional will make sure that the battery is delivered to the end-user in perfect condition. Therefore, it will be still possible to sell these batteries, ensuring that they will only be delivered and/or sold to the end-user after being charged and activated by a professional.
SLA and GEL (Factory Activated) batteries :
These batteries are factory-sealed and delivered charged and ready to use, without any need for intervention nor handling of sulfuric acid. These batteries are considered non-hazardous products and can therefore be directly sold to the public.
At FULBAT, DRY and MF batteries product lines will be maintained, while promoting its GEL batteries, with more than 80 types of sealed, activated and ready to use batteries.
For information, you will find hereinafter, the Regulation (EU) 2019/1148 of the European Parliament and of the Council of June 20th, 2019, available in the various European languages: EUR-Lex – 32019R1148 – EN – EUR-Lex (europa.eu)
As the terms of application of the Regulation may vary from one country to another, we recommend that you contact your local authorities for more information.