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Lithium Metal and Lithium Ion Battery Transport Regulations
Frequently Asked Questions
What are the UN 38.3 tests?
- T1 – Altitude Stimulation
- T2 – Thermal
- T3 – Vibration
- T4 – Shock
- T5 - External Short Circuit
- T6 – Impact
- T7 – Overcharge
- T8 – Forced Discharge
What is needed by Verisk 3E on behalf of your customer?
Please create a test certification and ensure the information in the below IATA Examples are contained in your certification.
Download IATA examples templates below.
IATA Example Lithium Ion Battery Test Summary:
- IATA Example 1 of a Lithium Ion Battery Test Summary
- IATA Example 2 of a Lithium Ion Battery Test Summary
- IATA Example 3 of a Lithium Ion Battery Test Summary
- US DOT PHMSA Example 4 of a Lithium Ion Battery Test Summary
I am being asked by my customer through Verisk 3E for a Test Summary conformant with UN 38.3. What if my product does not use a battery or uses a battery that is not a Lithium Metal or a Lithium Ion battery?
It is possible that a UN 38.3 test summary is not required if a battery is not used at all or the battery used is not a Lithium Metal or a Lithium Ion battery. However, it is important to complete the customer request in full. Verisk 3E will first ask if a battery is used and what type of battery is used. Depending on how the questions are answered, more questions will be required as appropriate. If a UN 38.3 test summary is required, it will be important to upload one to be in full compliance.
You can learn more about Lithium Metal and Lithium Ion Battery Regulations with the help of the following resources:
- United Nations (UN) Manual of Tests and Criteria, Sixth Revised Edition Part III Sub-Section 38.3
- International Air Transport Association (IATA) 2020 Lithium Battery Guidance Document
- United States Department of Transportation (DOT) Interim Final Rule (IFR) Effective 6 March 2019
- Canada: Shipping and importing devices containing lithium batteries
- International Air Transport Association (IATA) Lithium Batteries
- Webinar Recording: Lithium Metal and Lithium Ion Battery Safety and UN 38.3