New ‘right to repair’ ecodesign rules adopted

New EU requirements to make household appliances easier to repair, more recyclable and more energy efficient have been broadly welcomed by consumer groups, although a trade body has described some of the rules as “procedurally flawed”.

The new ecodesign measures adopted by the European Commission on Tuesday cover ten commonly purchased appliance types - including fridges, washing machines and electronic displays such as televisions.

While eight of the appliance types were covered by existing ecodesign requirements, under the new measures spare parts for some of the appliance types must be available for up to a decade after production, as part of the commission’s bid to boost product repairability. 

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