Product Responsibility

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EPTA members invest significant resources in ensuring that their products are safe when used properly. Safety is of paramount concern in the design of power tools all of which, by definition, have the capacity to cause harm to the user if wrongly used.

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Battery Directive


Article 4.4 of Directive 2006/66/EC required the Commission to review the exemption allowing the use of Nickel Cadmium (NiCd) batteries cordless power tools and, if appropriate, to propose amending legislation. In March 2012 the Commission adopted a proposal for a Directive amending the Battery Directive. The main change affecting the Power Tool industry is that manufacturers will not be allowed to place Nickel Cadmium batteries on the European market from 31st December 2016. Batteries which were placed on the market before that date may continue to be marketed until stocks are exhausted. The proposed Directive and the Impact Assessment can be found on the Commissions website by following the links provided on the left hand side of this page.

Metabo - Cordless Grinder - EPTA Member
Metabo - Cordless Grinder