New Edition of IEC 60086-4 Published

Lithium Batteries | In Compliance Magazine

The International Electrotechnical Commission has published a new edition of the IEC 60086-4 standard. IEC 60086-4 applies to “Primary batteries – Part 4: Safety of lithium batteries.” The updated standard is available for purchase on the IEC website.


“EC 60086-4:2014 specifies tests and requirements for primary lithium batteries to ensure their safe operation under intended use and reasonably foreseeable misuse. This edition includes the following significant technical changes with respect to the previous edition:

– Harmonisation with the second edition of IEC 62281;

– Alternative protective circuits in 7.1.1;

– More information regarding risks of swallowing lithium batteries in (former) 7.2.m) and promotion of this item to 7.2a);

– A new Annex D with pictograms for some of the safety precautions in 7.2. Keywords: lithium batteries”

*Description from IEC website

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