European Commission Advocates New Regulations For Repairing Phones And Tablets

The European Commission has recently advocated a set of new rules and regulations for the repair of both phones and tablets.

The draft enlisting all of those proposals was published around a week ago and that showed how manufacturers would now be needed to produce 15 components that could be easily accessed by repairers for a five-year duration. This is after the phone’s release across the EU.

In other words, this means customers would end up getting access to different replacement batteries, covers, cameras, chargers, audio connectors, and even speakers. Other than that, trays for both SIMs and memory cards would also be included amongst others.

So if you actually think about it, increasing a phone’s or tablet’s life cycle by nearly five years is similar to eliminating 5 million vehicles seen on roads as recently unveiled by the FT.

That is definitely a major task for all sorts of consumers out there today because so many producers are moving ahead with launches of better and brighter headsets annually.
There is undoubtedly a huge rise in demand for such smart devices. This comes with an adding functionality and has ended up in further utilization of energy and resources that are needed to make such devices across the EU market. And with the current economic instability taking place right now in the EU market, that’s a huge price to pay. Did we mention the current concerns of the environment as well?

In addition to that, so many devices are being replaced too early by users and their parts aren’t reused or recycled. The end result is a whole wastage of resources.

When and if this new regulation is adopted, we would see another feature of energy labels being present on devices that are already visible on different goods like TVs and household goods across Europe.

A huge indicator for a device’s battery life and more details about how to protect it against hazards like water or even dust may be included. You may even be seeing rates for resistance against scratches or falls arise as well.
The producers who can’t provide batteries during that five-year tenure would instead be seen meeting the requirements to complete endurance tests. This way, we know which devices are getting the green light of 80% capacity after nearly 1000 different charging cycles. In the same way, such producers must also provide light on software updates that they’re including and how they won’t be hindering battery consumption.

It sounds good but many feel the proposals could be further improved.

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