Smartphones and tablets: EU Commission to improve their repairability

October 12th, 2022

The European Commission is considering the introduction of an EU-wide score for the repairability of smartphones and tablets, as foreseen in the draft delegated regulation supplementing the energy labelling regulation published at the end of August.

The aim is to improve the repairability and durability of these products and enable consumers to make informed and sustainable purchasing decisions.

The repairability index consists of five levels (A-E), based on criteria such as the disassembly depth and the tools needed for repair, and will be visible on the energy label.

In addition, the new label will also provide information on battery endurance, resistance to drops, and protection against dust and water.

Interested stakeholders had until 28 September to comment on the Commission’s proposals. Their contributions will now be evaluated and may be considered in the final regulation. The official adoption by the Commission is expected before the end of the year.

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