The Right to Repair
In recent years, we have found it more and more difficult to repair the products we own, as many product manufacturers limit availability of parts to repair them, it affects every aspect of our lives.
Now the "right to repair" protest has spread the world, more and more people join "Right to Repair" voluntarily, fighting for their own rights. In Europe, the European Commission voted in favour of establishing a "Right to Repair" alongside a far reaching set of circular economy measures.
Do you know what’s in it for the Right to Repair?
There are some key points:
l Overall support for measures on waste prevention and repairability as well as establishing a new "Right to Repair".
l Repair and maintenance information: free access to repair and maintenance information, including software updates, and fair access for independent repairers.
l Spare parts: mandatory minimum periods of availability, and maximum delivery times for a range of product categories.
l Legal guarantee: extension of the legal guarantee and reversal of the burden of proof for products with a higher estimated lifetime, including direct producer liability.
l Repair and durability labelling: harmonised labelling on products, possible in the form of an index or repair score.
l Ban on planned obsolescence: a legislative measure to prevent practices which result in planned obsolescence.
l Calls on the Commission to make a legislative proposal to introduce a common charger policy for smartphones.
l Supports the Circular Electronics Initiative to address issues of obsolescence and repairability, upgradability and access to software.