Spain announces the repairability index: a new labeling with notes for electronic devices according to how easy they are to repair
The Minister of Consumption, Alberto Garzón, has announced a new labeling for electronic devices. A repairability index which will show with a note how easy these products are to repair. Spain will be the second European country to implement such a classification, following in the footsteps of France.
Last November, Europe approved the “right to repair”, an initiative that limited single-use products and the different countries were urged to implement it “mandatory labeling to provide clear, immediately visible and easy to understand information to consumers about the estimated useful life and repairability of a product at the time of purchase. ”
A new mandatory label for tech products
The announcement has arrived coinciding with the day of the rights of the consumer in the New Economy Forum. The Minister of Consumption has explained that this measure, which will accompany the product in its packaging: “will help consumers to make better decisions at the time of purchase” and will allow “to reduce the ecological footprint by encouraging repairability in the face of obsolescence”.
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– New Economy Forum (@NewEconomyForum) March 15, 2021
The arrival of this repairability index follows the proposal of Europe. Predictably, this new labeling is very similar to the French index, where technology products are scored from 1 to 10.
In the French case, compulsory for all companies, the repairability score of the products can be consulted both at the time of purchase and on the web pages where the products are promoted.
In force since last January 2021, companies like Apple already show the note in their physical and online stores, both on iPhone and macOS computers. Obtaining in some cases low scores as in the iPhone 12, with a 6.0 out of 10 in terms of repairability.
The score of the technological products will be offered by the different companies, following guidelines established by Consumption. In the French case, this index is applied to washing machines, laptops, smartphones, televisions and lawn mowers. In Spain, at the moment it has not been specified which electronic devices should offer it or when it will be available.
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