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UN 38.3 Sixth Edition – Top 10 FAQs

Rich Byczek, Global Technical Director, Transportation Technologies, Intertek

Did you know that the Sixth edition of the UN 38.3 standard took effect on January 1, 2017?  This is the global standard that transportation agencies require to be met before Lithium or Lithium-Ion batteries are able to be shipped by air, ground, sea or rail.  Intertek is a global Assurance, Testing, Inspections and Certifications organization that performs UN 38.3 testing in several global locations.  While the UN 38.3 has been in effect for over 10 years, there are still many misconceptions as to the applicability of the requirements and misinterpretations of the test criteria. Since many people have questions about what changed with this new edition, we’ve compiled the Top-10 Frequently Asked Questions to help give them a better understanding.



Rich Byczek is the global technical director for Transportation Technologies at Intertek. He has over 20 years of experience in product development and validation testing, 13 of which have been spent at Intertek. Rich is also an expert in the areas of energy storage, audio equipment and EMC testing. Rich sits on several SAE, IEC, UL and ANSI standards panels.  He holds a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Lawrence Technological University in Southfield, Michigan, and is based at the Intertek facility located in Plymouth, Michigan.

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