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IATA 3rd Lithium Battery Workshop

The 3rd IATA Lithium Battery Workshop will review the changes to the air transport regulations that became effective 1 January 2013 as well as the requirements for testing of lithium cells and batteries contained in Amendment 1 to the UN Manual of Tests and Criteria. 

Limerick, Ireland
When: November 19 - November 20, 2013
Where: Limerick, Ireland
Venue: Limerick Strand Hotel
Audience: Open to all

The objective of the workshop was to provide a practical explanation on how to ship lithium batteries, as well as the application of the test requirements set out in Subsection 38.3 of the UN Manual of Tests and Criteria. It also promoted the best practices for regulatory compliance and safety that can help reduce the incidence of delayed shipments and avoid potential penalties or fines resulting from regulatory breaches. 

Main Output

The workshop provided an excellent opportunity for engaging with lithium battery and equipment manufacturers, shippers, forwarders, airlines, ground handling agents or regulatory authorities to share experiences and to consider the intent and application of the UN Manual of Tests and Criteria, the application of the IATA Dangerous Goods Regulations, packing instructions for lithium batteries that became effective 1 January 2013. The major topics discussed were:

  • A review of the current provisions for lithium batteries together with the changes effective in the 2014 DGR.
  • The changes agreed by ICAO for adoption in the 2015-2016 ICAO Technical Instructions that will be effective 1 January 2015. There was also discussion on the potential changes to the regulations applicable to lithium metal batteries to limit their carriage in cargo on passenger aircraft.
  • There was a clear message that we – IATA, ICAO , industry associations such as PRBA and RECHARGE and regulators need to continue to communicate the requirements in a clear and consistent manner to ensure that the shippers of lithium batteries are made aware of the Regulations and their obligations.

Useful Material

Agenda (pdf)

Presentations Day 1 - 19 November (pdf)

Presentations Day 2 - 20 November (pdf)

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