Mexico Publishes New Standard for Primary Power Units and Batteries

October 9, 2019


On November 3, 2018 Mexican standard NOM-212-SCFI-2017: “Primary cells and primary batteries - Maximum permissible mercury and cadmium limits - Specifications, test methods and labelling” was published. The document came into force on September 28, 2019.


This mandatory Official Mexican Standard establishes and defines:


  • characteristics of various types of batteries

  • classification by the electrochemical system technology

  • maximum permissible limits of Mercury (0.0005% by weight) and Cadmium (0.0020% by weight)

  • labeling on packaging and/or on batteries

  • test methods

  • sampling

  • conformity assessment procedure

  • certification process


This Mexican Standard is applicable to primary power units and batteries that are imported into Mexico and/or marketed in Mexico and indicated in Table 1 of this Standard.


All batteries and batteries that are commercialized as part of an electronic or electrical product are excluded from the scope of this Mexican Standard. In other words NOM-212-SCFI-2017 does not cover cells and batteries contained in an electrical or electronic device and are required for its functioning.


NOM-212-SCFI-2017 does not also correspond to other international standards.


Labelling requirements for packaging and/or batteries


In order to identify the different types of batteries and their characteristics on the body of the battery or on its packaging, the following information should appear:


  • Battery designation, name or abbreviation of the technology concerned, in accordance with this NOM

  • Recommended expiry period or year, month or week of manufacturing which may be in the code

  • Polarity of the positive terminal

  • Nominal voltage, volts

  • Name or trademark of the manufacturer or supplier


In addition, the products covered by this Mexican Standard must be clearly and legibly displayed on a product packaging with at least the following information in Spanish:


  • The graphic representation or name of the product

  • Denomination or business name and address of the national manufacturer or importer

  • Phrase identifying the country of origin (for example: "Made in...", "Manufactured in...", "Hecho en...", "Manufacturado en...", etc.)

  • Quantity indication according to NOM-030-SCFI-2006


The official document is available here

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


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