A common charger for electronic devices: Revision of the Radio Equipment Directive

Briefing 13-07-2022

On 7 June 2022, the European Parliament and the Council reached a provisional agreement on the legislative proposal to amend the 2014 Radio Equipment Directive. The amended directive, proposed by the European Commission on 23 September 2021, is a first step towards mandating a common charger for mobile phones and other small portable devices, which will have to be equipped with a USB Type-C receptacle and will have to incorporate the USB Power Delivery communication protocol. A separate initiative on the eco-design of external power supplies is expected to ensure that the receptacle and the communication protocol for both ends of charger cables is harmonised. Consumers would have the option to buy devices with or without a charger (unbundling). Amendments to the proposal agreed by the co-legislators would require consumers and other end-users to be informed by a pictogram whether a charger is included with a device, while information on the charging capabilities and compatible charging devices would be provided on a label. The Commission will be required to request the creation of harmonised standards for wireless charging within two years of the adoption of the directive, and will have to regularly assess whether the common charger should be made mandatory for additional devices. The text agreed in trilogue now needs to be formally adopted by the Parliament in plenary and then by the Council. Fourth edition. The 'EU Legislation in Progress' briefings are updated at key stages throughout the legislative procedure.