The laptop battery standard which was approved in 2004 will be revised, the IEEE Standards Association announced.

The revised standard, a part of the IEEE Livium family of battery standards, will be created within the IEEE Standards Association (IEEE-SA) Corporate Program. The IEEE 1625 update will guide the industry in planning and implement controls for battery design and manufacture. The project is expected to be completed within 18 months, the Association says.

“The 1625 update will be a global effort,” says IEEE’s Edward Rashba. “The leading laptop OEMs and battery manufacturers such as Apple, Dell, Gateway, Hewlett-Packard, IBM, Intel, Lenovo, Panasonic, Sanyo, and Sony have indicated strong interest to participate.”

The decision follows a number of laptop battery recalls by notebook vendors including Apple, Fujitsu, Dell, Sony and Lenovo in the past several months. Some of the batteries were overheating and in a few instances, caught on fire.