The Batteries Directive embodies rules prohibiting the release of batteries and accumulators on the market if these contain concentrations of the heavy metals mercury and cadmium that are over a certain limit.

Consolidated text

Directive 2006/66/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council on batteries and accumulators and waste batteries and accumulators repealing Directive 91/157/EEC. (Last consolidated 26 September 2006).


Basic directive and all amendments to Directive 2006/66/EC are accessible in EUR-Lex.

Supplementary Swedish legislation

The Battery Directive is implemented in Swedish legislation by the (Prohibition in Certain Cases in Connection with the Handling, Import and Export of Chemical Products Ordinance (1998:944).

The directive also comprises rules on collection, recovery and disposal of used batteries and accumulators.

Find out more on the Swedish Environmental Protection Agency website.