The European Parliament voted for consumers’ right to have a clear understanding of the lifespan and repair capabilities of electronic devices such as mobile phones, laptops, refrigerators, lawn mowers, tablets, etc.
France will be the first country to exercise this right, and some states will follow suit.
Each label will provide maintainability information on a 10-point scale. The assessment is influenced by the ease of disassembly, price, and availability of spare parts.
While Apple opposes consumers’ right to repair electronics themselves because it “could endanger their safety,” the resolution on the right to repair was passed with 395 votes in favor, 94 votes against, and 207 abstentions.
According to a recent poll, 77% of EU residents prefer to repair their devices rather than replace them. Also, 79% believe that manufacturers owe consumers the repair of devices.
The vote calls on the EU Commission to “develop and introduce mandatory labeling to provide consumers with clear, immediately visible and easy-to-understand information about the expected useful life and the ability to repair a product at the time of purchase.”
Hugo Vallauri, co-founder of the Restart project and one of the founders of the European campaign for the right to renovate, said: “We hope this will lead to the rapid introduction of a mandatory maintainability index for all electrical and electronic products sold in the EU to help consumers make informed purchases.”