Repairability of appliances

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In November, the European Parliament and the European Commission addressed an initiative to simplify the repairability of appliances. They want more systematic and cost-effective repairs, extended warranties, and greater access to spare parts and repair manuals. One instrument to achieve this goal is the acceptance of Acceptable Product Designs Directive, i.e. The Eco-design Directive, which is now affecting energy efficiency of appliances. In March the current provisions on corrections and labeling of product life will eneter into force, tough initially only for washing machines and dishwashers, refrigerators and monitors. According to the Directive, manufacturers should allow easy interchangeability of individual product components so that they can be removed with commonly used tools. You should also be able to access service manuals and gain supply of spare parts within 15 days. Mobile phones, computers and tablets are not yet part of the Eco-design Directive, and Member States must regulate their designs by themselves. France will introduce repairability index labels, which will rate from 1 to 10 ease of diaassembly, access to appliance handbook information and spare parts for refrigerators, laptops, smartphones, lawnmowers and televisions. The French government wants 60% of e-equipment to be repairable by 2026.

Sources: Time, Europarl, ReasonsToBeCheerful

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