Article | "Right to repair" rules introduced in Europe and UK
5th August 2021
In March 2021 the EU introduced the new 'right to repair' measures under the framework of its Ecodesign Directive (2009/125/EC), promoting the repairability and sustainability of electronic products by making it easier for consumers to repair their own lighting, televisions and large home appliances through a requirement that they are repairable for at least 10 years after first coming to market. In doing so, the EU cracked down on certain manufacturer practices such as planned obsolescence which intentionally shortened these goods’ lifespans.
As of 8 July 2021, the UK introduced its equivalent measures through the Ecodesign for Energy-Related Products and Energy Information Regulations 2021 (the ‘Regulations’).
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