Briefing 
 

Making goods more durable and easier to repair  

Consumers should be able to benefit from durable, high-quality products that can be repaired and upgraded.

 

MEPs therefore propose measures to tackle planned obsolescence for tangible goods and for software in a non-legislative resolution being put to the vote on Tuesday.

 

The recommendations include:


  • robust, easily repaired  and quality products: “minimum resistance criteria” to be established for each product category from the design stage,

  • if a repair takes longer than a month, the guarantee should be extended by the same period,

  • member states should give incentives to the production of durable and repairable products, boosting repairs and second-hand sales - this could help to create jobs and reduce waste,

  • essential components, such as batteries and LEDs, should not be fixed into products, unless for safety reasons,

  • spare parts which are indispensable for the proper and safe functioning of the goods should be made available “at a price commensurate with the nature and life-time of the product”,

  • an EU-wide definition of “planned obsolescence” and a system that could test and detect the “built-in obsolescence” should be introduced, as well as “appropriate dissuasive measures for producers”.



Procedure: Non-legislative resolution

2016/2272(INI)

Debate: Monday 3 July 2017

Vote: Tuesday 4 July 2017

 

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