New EU label for repairability of smartphones and tablets

February 27th, 2023

The European Commission has published a draft proposal for a new EU label addressing the repairability of smartphones and tablets. It contains a repairability index, which indicates on a scale of A-E how easily the devices can be repaired. The introduction is planned for 2025.

The index reflects criteria such as the number of steps required for disassembly, the availability of spare parts or the period in which the equipment is provided with software updates.

The label aims to support customers in their purchasing decisions and to encourage producers to design their products innovatively and sustainably. In addition, incentives will be created for customers to have old appliances repaired instead of disposing of them.

To have your say on the proposal, take part in the public consultation here.

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