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HOP investigates French repairability index

HOP investigates French repairability index

March 1, 2022

The HOP association (Halte à l’Obsolescence Programmée) unveiled an unprecedented investigation report in which it draws an initial assessment of the impact and implementation of the repairability index in France, and suggests ways to improve this system.

The flagship measure of the anti-waste law for a circular economy (AGEC), the repairability index has been mandatory in France since 1 January 2021 for five product categories (smartphones, TVs, televisions, porthole washing machines and lawn mowers ). Its objective is twofold: to better advise consumers and to change the practices of manufacturers, and ultimately to fight against the premature obsolescence of our objects.

One year after its implementation, the HOP association said it wants to ensure that the repairability index meets expectations and published a report as an initial assessment.

Overall, HOP believes that the repairability index is a good tool, which can be useful in the fight against planned obsolescence. The study conducted among 1,200 people reveals that the index is perceived positively by consumers. A majority of people are aware of the index (55%), and three-quarters of consumers who have been confronted with the index declare that they have found it useful in their purchasing decision.

However, according to HOP, in order to be more ambitious and avoid certain pitfalls, the index still needs to be improved on several points. In a critical and constructive approach, HOP sought to address concrete proposals on each of the points raised. In total, some forty requests for clarifications and recommendations were made. For the detailed recommendations by HOP, please click here.

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