France's new repairability index

Many of you will know that in January this year, France implemented repairability scoring for a handful of consumer electronic devices, including smartphones and laptops. The concept is simple: help consumers make informed choices by letting them know how repairable a product is at the point of purchase.

It’s a key milestone for the Right to Repair in Europe, but isn’t without limitations. From how easy it is to obtain a good grade to self-declared scores by manufacturers and no sanctions until 2022, it comes with challenges that are important to acknowledge and discuss.

@Chloe from the European Right to Repair campaign recently explored this topic in detail, hosting a webinar with experts from the French Ministry of the Environment, the French organisation Stop Planned Obsolescence (HOP) and the European environmental organisation ECOS.

They explained its development and implementation, the achievements and limitations, and what it means for the right to repair in Europe.

You can find the full webinar and a super useful overview of the new law over on the campaign’s website:

For even more, Grist interviewed @ugo about the new law for an article they’ve just published on the subject:

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A small update on this…
The consumer rights organisation Consumer NZ (New Zealand’s equivalent of Which? in the UK or Test Achats in Belgium) has adopted France’s repairability index for smartphones and will now incorporate repairability into their product testing process:

https://www.consumer.org.nz/articles/we-re-making-it-easier-to-choose-a-repairable-phone

Nice to see the index is already having some ripple effects!

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