Upload required lithium battery test summary
Effective January 1, 2020, battery manufacturers and distributors are required to provide test summaries for lithium batteries and products containing lithium batteries. This requirement will be enforced via country-specific regulations.
A lithium battery test summary is a document that summarizes results from battery tests required per UN 38.3, a United Nations standard. To ensure that inventory in Amazon fulfillment centers is compliant, you must provide test summaries for any lithium batteries or lithium battery containing products. Use the tool below to provide this documentation.
Failure to provide a test summary for a given ASIN may prevent you from selling it on Amazon. In addition, any units of this ASIN in our fulfillment centers may be disposed of at your expense.
For more information, see the frequently asked questions below .
How to upload your lithium battery test summary
- Specify the ASIN , marketplace , and document language.
- Choose the file you want to upload. The file must be 20 MB or less.
- Click Upload file . A banner at the top of the screen will say “File successfully uploaded”. You can then close the window or upload more documents, if necessary.
- Repeat steps 1 through 3 to upload a different document for a different ASIN.
Frequently asked questions
What is the United Nations testing requirement for lithium batteries?
Effective January 1, 2020, UN 38.3 requires lithium battery manufacturers and distributors to provide lithium battery test summaries using a standard set of elements. The test summaries apply to lithium cells or batteries and products powered by cells and batteries manufactured after June 20, 2003. For more information, download lithium battery guidance from the International Air Transport Association (English only).
What is a test summary?
When manufactured, batteries are tested to ensure that they are safe to transport. The test summary lists the requirements related to that testing.
What type of products are affected?
This safety standard affects all lithium batteries and products powered by lithium batteries. It is required for all lithium battery ASINs. If a product uses two different batteries, a test summary is required for each battery.
Does the test summary apply to products and parts with cells or batteries, or just to standalone cells and batteries?
The test summary applies to both the cells and batteries that ship as standalone items, and to the cells and batteries contained in or with equipment.
Is a test summary required for button cell batteries installed in equipment, including on circuit boards in laptops?
Button cell batteries are subject to UN 38.3 and require a test summary.
What are the requirements for a test summary?
You can find information by downloading the International Air Transport Association’s lithium battery guidance (English only).
Where do I get a test summary?
If you don’t have a test summary, ask your product’s manufacturer or supplier to provide one.
Can multiple batteries, manufacturers, and products be listed on one report?
Yes. If all required information is stated, it can be listed in one report. Example: A cellphone manufacturer may buy lithium ion batteries from three battery manufacturers. The test summary for the product will therefore list batteries and all related information, such as watt-hours and test labs, from the three manufacturers.
Note: Upload a test summary for each ASIN that you sell, especially if your test summary has information that applies to multiple ASINs.
What if I don’t comply with the UN requirement?
We will send notification asking you to provide the test summary, then send reminders. Failure to provide a test summary for a given ASIN may prevent you from selling it on Amazon. In addition, any units of this ASIN in our fulfillment centers may be disposed of at your expense. You will be notified at least a month in advance of any pending enforcement actions.
Will a test summary be required for all newly created ASINs?
Not currently, but eventually it will become part of the ASIN creation process. You will be notified before this requirement is implemented.
What happens once I submit my test summary?
A confirmation message will state that the upload was successful. The Dangerous Goods team will then review the test summary within 10 business days to determine if it meets criteria. Once the document is reviewed, a Seller Central message will let you know if the test summary meets requirements, or if more information is required.
Which file formats can I use?
The valid file formats are .docx, .doc, .xlsx, .xls, .pdf, .jpg, and .png.