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

Briefing 01-02-2023

On 23 November 2022, the European Parliament and the Council signed the directive amending the 2014 Radio Equipment Directive, with the aim of mandating a common charger for mobile phones and a number of other small portable devices. The amended directive, proposed by the European Commission on 23 September 2021, will require electronic devices to be equipped with a USB Type C receptacle and 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 are used on both ends of charger cables. Consumers will have the option to buy devices with or without a charger (unbundling) and will be informed by a pictogram whether a charger is included with a device. Information on the charging capabilities and compatible charging devices will be provided on a label. By the end of 2024, the Commission will be required to request the creation of harmonised standards for wireless charging, and will have to regularly assess whether the common charger should be made mandatory for additional devices. The directive applies to all devices covered from 28 December 2024 and to laptops from 28 April 2026. Fifth edition. The 'EU Legislation in Progress' briefings are updated at key stages throughout the legislative procedure.