Household products will become easier to repair because of brand new standards being adopted across the European Union. From the year 2021, the companies will have to make household appliances longer-lasting, and they will have to supply different parts for machines for up to ten years. The rules apply to different machinery products.
But campaigners for the right to repair said that they don’t go far enough as not only professionals but consumers will be able to carry out the repairs. The regulation has been prompted by various complaints from consumers across North America and Europe provokes by machines that break down when they are just out of warranty. Owners are mainly unable to repair the machines themselves or find out anyone else to do it at a decent price as they are forced to buy a replacement.
This generates waste and fuels worldwide warming through the greenhouse gases made in the development process for new machines. In the United States of America, around 20 states are considered to have the right to repair act in progress.
Under the new standards of the European Commission, manufacturers will have to create spares parts available to professional repairers. These parts will have to be accessible with daily basis available tools and without damaging the product. Campaigners said individual consumers should also be allowed to buy spares parts and develop their own machines. But the manufacturers told that this would increase questions about risk as well as liability. Instead, producers will have to assure that major parts of the product can be replaced by individual experts.
If British companies want to sell into Europe after Brexit they will have to follow the brand new rules, which apply from April 2021. It is also estimated that the new standards will secure that appliances have a longer life. The new rules also contain provisions to make appliances more energy efficient.