The right, sometimes referred to as the “Right to Repair”, will take effect in 27 countries from March 2021.
Right to Repair – European Union
03 March 2021 Current Affairs:Companies that sell refrigerators, washing machines, hair dryers or TVs in the European Union (EU) will need to ensure that the repair period for these devices is up to 10 years.
♦ The Right to Repair electronic products refers to government legislation designed to enable consumers to repair and modify their own consumer electronic devices. Otherwise, manufacturers of such devices require consumers to use only the services they provide.
♦ The concept of Right to Repair originated in the United States, when the United States’ Motor Vehicle Owners Right to Repair Act of 2012 required manufacturers to provide necessary documents and information, allow anyone to repair their vehicles.
♦ According to the new EU regulations, manufacturers will have to ensure that parts can be used for up to ten years, although some parts will only be provided to professional repair companies to ensure proper installation.
♦ The new equipment must also be accompanied by a repair manual and be manufactured in such a way that when it is really impossible to repair it, it can be dismantled with conventional tools to increase the recycling rate.