Button batteries

This product safety policy statement provides guidance for manufacturers and suppliers of button batteries to help reduce the risks associated with these items.

About this policy statement

Button batteries are the small, round batteries that power products like hearing aids, watches, toys, games, calculators, musical greeting cards and many remote controls.

If a button battery is swallowed or inserted it can get stuck and start causing significant irreversible damage in as little as 2 hours.

Button batteries — product safety

What you can do as a supplier

If you make or supply products with button batteries, check them against the guidance in the policy statement. Can the product be made safer?

If you're sourcing new products that have button batteries, choose:

  • devices with secure child-resistant battery compartments
  • button batteries in child-resistant packaging
  • products with button battery information and warnings.