New electronics will now be labeled with a maintainability rating
This decal will show a 10-point maintainability rating
On Wednesday, the European Parliament voted in favor of a new policy aimed at “developing and introducing mandatory labeling to provide consumers with clear, visible and easy-to-understand information about the expected life and repair of a product at the time of purchase.” 395 people voted for this decision, 94 were against, 207 more abstained.
We hope this will lead to swift action to introduce a mandatory maintainability index for all electrical and electronic products sold in the EU to help consumers shop with confidence.
Ugo Vallauri, co-founder of the Restart project
Starting in January, France will begin releasing refurbishment stickers for smartphones, laptops and other electronics. Austria will also cut taxes on repair services and offer subsidies for consumer repairs. This decal will display a 10-point maintainability rating.
In a survey conducted back in 2014, it was found that 77% of Europeans surveyed would rather fix devices than replace them. 79% of those surveyed agree that manufacturers should make it easier to repair their devices and replace parts.
This is a huge win for consumers across Europe. This will launch a wave of new approaches to repair, from retail repair assessments to disclosure of product durability.
Matthias Huisken, Advocacy Director at iFixit Europe.