FAQs | B&A
A battery or an accumulator is any source of electric energy generated by a direct conversion of chemical energy and consisting of one or more primary cells (non-chargeable) or consisting of one or more secondary battery cells (rechargeable).
Please consult the diagram “I have to register?” HERE
If the company is a B&A producer according to the definition in the DL 6/2009, register is mandatory.
“…any person in a Member State that, irrespective of the selling technique used, including by means of distance communication … , places batteries or accumulators, including those incorporated into appliances or vehicles, on the market for the first time within the territory of that Member State on a professional basis;”
Placing on the market means supplying or making available, whether in return for payment or free of charge to a third party, within the Community and includes import into customs territory of the Community.
a.Portable batteries or accumulators - any battery, button cell battery, 9V batteries or an accumulator that is hermetically sealed and that can be carried by hand; it cannot be an industrial battery or accumulator, specifically single cell batteries, such as AA or AAA batteries; batteries or accumulators used in cell phones, laptops, wireless electrical tools, toys and appliances
b.Industrial batteries or accumulators – created exclusively for industrial or professional purposes or used in any type of electric vehicle, such as the ones used as a source of emergency or reserved energy in hospitals, airports or offices; created solely for Automatic Payment Terminals in stores and restaurants and barcode readers; used in instrumentation or in various types of measuring devices; used in renewable energy applications such as in solar panels or in electric vehicles (cars, wheelchairs, bicycles, vehicles used in airports and transport automatic vehicles)
c.Batteries or accumulators for automobiles – used to provide energy to the starting motor, lights or ignition
Yes there are:
Devices associated with security and defense of the State, specifically weapons, ammunitions and related material, as long as it is destined to military purposes;
Devices created to be sent into space.
Yes, there are B&A that cannot be placed in the European Union market because they contain hazardous substances.
All B&A with mercury levels higher than 5ppm
Exception: button cell batteries up to 20,000 ppm (mandatory register)
Portable B&A with cadmium levels higher than 20ppm
Exception: B&A used in alarm and emergency systems (including emergency lighting) medical devices and wireless electric tools with cadmium levels higher than 20ppm.
Yes. A foreign company must register according to the same procedures as a national producer, that is, access the register online, HERE
Notice: A foreign company must only register if:
It is selling its products directly to end-users (whether private users or companies)
It is not legally or physically represented in Portugal
Please consult the “How do I register” diagram HERE.
The register is done entirely online in our IT platform.
Please consult the “Responsibilities” diagram HERE
The companies’ responsibilities are:
Register and submit activity reports to ANREEE periodically;
Pay the Annual Register Fee in the appropriate dates;
Join a management system of Electric and Electronic Equipment Register (Collective Scheme or an individual system)
Mark your Electric and Electronic Equipment with the separate collection symbol
You should consult the companies’ responsibilities.
If a company does not comply with its obligations there will be legal penalties. Comply with your obligations.
Where: the activity reports are submitted in the IT platform, in the “Reports” tab, an area specifically created for companies
When: the activity reports are submitted after the register in ANREEE, once you’ve started placing your B&A in the Portuguese market and during the annual legal period (in January, referring to the previous year)
Notice: If you have a B&A managing contract with a Collective Scheme, you must also submit the activity records to it. Therefore, it is important that you check with your Collective Scheme for information on this matter.
Warning: activity reports are MANDATORY.
Please consult the type of information you should gather HERE
You must report all B&A that are placed in Portugal by the company. That is to say all B&A that is under the scope of the definition of Portable, Industrial and Vehicle B&A.
Please consult the fees used in ANREEE HERE
All invoices issued by ANREEE are e-invoices and are available at the IT platform in the company’s restricted area.
The user can access directly the e-invoices simply by logging in the username and password assigned in the register.
The user can also consult the status of the invoices (paid and unpaid)
On the invoices there are information regarding the method of payment. It can be done through an identified bank transfer or through check.
On one hand, this system, in which there is only an e-invoice, is set to be eco-friendly. It avoids unnecessary paper spending and contributes to the reuse of resources, hence valuing the economy.
On the other hand, this method reduces costs that are normally related to the billing processes, thus reducing as much as possible the fees paid by the producer. It is user friendly, since it was designed to use and access easily.
In addition, it saves time because the user can access the invoice anytime in anywhere.
If the producer wishes to have the invoice in paper, he/she can obtain it simply by printing it in SIRP.
ANREEE certifies the invoices through VERISIGN. As you open your invoices there may appear the following alert “A validade da certificação do seu documento é DESCONHECIDA. Não foi possível verificar o autor” (which means that the validity of the certification is UNKNOWN. It is impossible to recognize the author)
If such happens please proceed according to the directions in this Document.
It is a document which states that the company is acting according to the directions of ANREEE. It should be presented every time that the proper authorities ask for proof of this register.
The Annual Register Certificate is issued against the activity records. For every record, a Certificate is issued. So it is in your best interest that you submit all the activity records.
The Certificates are electronic and are automatically available on the area of the companies, on the “documentos” (documents) tab.
According to the Decree-Law 6/2009, the public entities that execute the inspection and control in matters of performance are:
ASAE - Autoridade para a Segurança Alimentar e Económica (Food and Economic Safety Authority)
IGAMAOT – Inspeção Geral da Agricultura, do Mar, do Ambiente e Ordenamento do Território (General Inspection of Agriculture, Sea, Environment and Regional Planning)
DGAIEC – Direção Geral de Alfândegas e dos Impostos Especiais sobre o Consumo (General Administration of customs and of Special Taxes on Goods)
Companies may be inspected by the public entities mentioned earlier. If one of those entities should execute an inspection, you must:
Present the Annual Register Certificate(s)
Present the contract you have with a B&A managing body or an individual system (License issued by APA – Agência Portuguesa do Ambiente)
Show that the B&A have the Crossed-out Wheelie Bin Symbol.
The names of the registered companies are a part of a list that is available on the web page. However, all other information (such as equipment, quantity, weight, etc.) is strictly confidential and no-one will access it except ANREEE. Nonetheless, ANREEE is conditioned on the duty of legislative secrecy.
They are the means by which the registered company assures that the batteries placed on the market have a properly suitable treatment at the product’s end-oflife. An appropriate and well-structured management system should anticipate the organization of the collection, transport and treatment of waste created by its previously sold products.
The company must have a B&A waste management system. It can have it in two different ways: it can ask the Agência Portuguesa do Ambiente (Portuguese Environment Agency) to create an individual system or it can hand in the management of its B&A waste to an integrated management system, commonly known as Collective Scheme, This Collective Scheme will take on the responsibility of managing the B&A on behalf of the company.
Any producer can create an individual system. To do that, the producer must obtain a license from APA – Agência Portuguesa do Ambiente (Portuguese Environment Agency). That license is granted as long as the producer shows evidence of complying with the stated obligations in an integrated management system.
Please consult Article 22 of the DL 6/2009.
If the acquisition of B&A is made on national territory, then you don’t need to register. You must only register if you place B&A on the Portuguese market, whether for reward or free of charge (for example production, third world country importation or inter-community transactions into national territory) for the first time.
If you acquire your B&A in a foreign company, it means that you import them, hence you are covered by the DL, specifically line n), Article 3. You must register.
ANREEE has the legal duty of communicating to the public entities any transgressions to the national law. Therefore, the companies that are not obeying the law should be identified so that there are no market asymmetries and unfair competition. If you know any company that has not registered and should have, you may report this to ANREEE, and the matter will be brought to the proper authorities.
When your company no longer produces B&A, it may cancel the register in ANREEE. All that it needs is to confirm that all the legal obligations are fulfilled. Then you must send a letter to ANREEE in which you state that you wish to cancel your register. This letter must in the company letterhead, bearing the stamp and the signature of the person responsible and sealed. Please click HERE to view an example.
The ecovalues (also designated by ecofees) are the financial counterparts charged by the Collective Schemes, so that they can own up to the responsibility for the management of the products waste that the company has put on the market.
In what the management costs are concerned, the DL 6/2009 states in Article 15 that those costs should not be listed to the end user.
The ecovalues are the financial counterparts charged for the treatment of the B&A on the country (market) that they are placed and have their end-oflife. Thus you must inform your supplier that these fees should not be applied to B&A that are exported to other markets (in or out the European Community).
There shouldn’t be charged an ecovalue for the B&A that are exported because their end-oflife treatment is not going to take place in Portugal. You should ask your Collective Scheme what the procedures are in these cases.
If it’s a registered company (a producer covered by the DL 6/2009) the management of the B&A waste that it’s placed on the market is the responsibility of the company.
This management has an environmental fee (ecovalue) which naturally varies according to the type of equipment that the company places on the market. For example: treating a portable battery is not the same as treating lead acid battery.
The company pays this environmental fee, whether it becomes a part of an integrated management system
(as known as Collective Scheme)or creates its own individual management system.
The decision of charging the client with this environmental fee lies completely on the company and depends on the commercial strategy that each company implements in market competition.
Due to its dangerous composition, portable, industrial and vehicle B&A must have a specific treatment, so that they have a healthy environmental treatment.
We all have a fundamental role in directing this waste to a proper location.
The Decree-Law 6/2009 states legal consequences for B&A end users that do not hand in these products to the appropriate transfer points.
In order to assure the end-user’s free delivery of industrial or portable B&A, both producers and distributor are obliged to accept B&A waste at the appropriate collection points, regardless of the B&A chemical composition and origin.
The end-users of the private noncommercial vehicles B&A may deliver them free of charge in the appropriate collection points.
With this combination of solutions, there is no excuse for throwing in the trash the B&A that have reached their end-oflife. Remember: we are all responsible for a good environmental performance of the country.