The Recycler
  • Katun March Web Advert 2021
  • Biuromax Web ad May 2021
  • ECS Web ad March 2022
  • Ninestar Masthead May 2022
  • Static Dec 2021 Masthead

France to tackle the cost of repairs

France to tackle the cost of repairs

May 31, 2021

The French anti-waste and circular economy legislation will create a fund dedicated to the financing of repairs.

France plans to introduce the repair fund for electrical and electronic equipment (EEE) like printers and computers etc., on the 1 January 2022 via the countries Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) channels. The fund will provide a reduction in the repair bills paid by consumers. 

In a survey [in French] published on the halt obsolescence programme (HOP) website, 63% of French people said that lower repair costs could encourage them to repair their defective products. The measure is intended to improve the demand for repairs and ultimately extend the life of the products.

It is envisaged that producers will contribute to the repair fund for each product they sell in the French market. The repair fund will be managed by French eco-organisations responsible for their corresponding sectors.

Prague GIF

The consumer will be entitled to a significant reduction (minimum 20%) of their repair bill when using an approved (by the eco-organisation) repairer. The reduction will apply to all out-of-warranty repairs for eligible products, without any exclusions like the number of repairs undertaken or battery replacements. 

From the repair fund, the eco-organisation will reimburse the approved repairer for the discounts given to the consumers. 

According to HOP, “this label[accreditation] must be free for independent repairers.” HOP is also calling for “the need for transparency” “so that the assistance provided by the fund does not increase repair prices.”

Further, HOP is calling for the repair fund to establish shared tools to promote repair, including the collection of data on the prices of repairs to make it possible to identify the most frequent breakdowns.”

Final details of how the fund will operate have not yet been published.

Since the beginning of 2021, France has required manufacturers of specific electronic devices, including smartphones and laptops, to tell consumers how repairable their products are. This “repairability index,” is based on a range of criteria, including how easy it is to take the product apart and the availability of spare parts and technical documents. 

You can check out the “repairability index,” here. Printers are not currently part of the index, but it is envisaged that the EEE repair fund levy will cover them as EEE.

Categories : World Focus

Tags : EEE France HOP repair fund repairability index

  • GPI Big & Bold Web ad May 2022
  • Aster Big & Bold Web ad May 2022
  • Static Big & Bold
  • Apex web ad May 2021 version 2
  • Mito Big & Bold Web ad May 2022
  • GM Technology Big & Bold Web ad May 2022
  • IR Italiana Web ad January 2021
  • PCL Web ad January 2021
  • Printlife Web 300x250 March 2022
  • HYB Web banner
  • CTS New Ad March 2022
  • Zhono web ad May 2022
  • ITP Web ad January 2021
  • CET May 2022 Web ad
  • PCL Web ad January 2021
  • CTS New Ad March 2022
  • ITP Web ad January 2021
  • Zhono web ad May 2022
  • CET May 2022 Web ad
  • HYB Web banner
  • Printlife Web 300x250 March 2022
  • Zhono web ad May 2022
  • HYB Web banner
  • CET May 2022 Web ad
  • Printlife Web 300x250 March 2022
  • CTS New Ad March 2022
  • PCL Web ad January 2021
  • ITP Web ad January 2021

The Recycler, Wittas House, Two Rivers, Station Lane, Witney, OX28 4BH, United Kingdom | Tel: +44 (0) 1993 899800 | Fax : +44 (0) 1993 226899
©2006-2021 The Recycler - Terms & Conditions - Privacy Policy including cookie use

Web design Dorset | Websites by Mark

The Recycler Subscribe Web ad January 2021
The Recycler Subscribe Web ad January 2021