Colombia Postpones Effective Date of Technical Regulation on Labeling of Zinc-Carbon and Alkaline Batteries

March 28, 2019


On January 16, 2019, the Ministry of Commerce, Industry, and Tourism and the Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development published Resolution № 16/2019. According to the document, the Resolution № 0721 of 2018 will become effective from July 19, 2019.


The Resolution № 0721 sets out requirements for the labeling of zinc-carbon and alkaline batteries as well as the requirements for the maximum permitted levels of heavy metals including new minimum information requirements for the labels.


This Regulation applies to all zinc-carbon and alkaline batteries, which are manufactured domestically or imported into Colombia except rechargeable batteries, button cell batteries, and batteries entered as non-commercial samples.


All the batteries should comply with certain specific provisions regarding physical defects, dimensions, rated voltage, minimum average life expectancy, and designation. Batteries should undergo conformity evaluation and a certificate of conformity will be required from July 19,  2019.


For more details about the Technical Regulation on Labeling of Zinc-Carbon and Alkaline Batteries, read this blog post.


The official document is available here.



The information has been prepared by the GMA Consult Group team.


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