Decree No. 2020-1757 of 29 December 2020 relating to the repairability index of electrical and electronic equipment
Proposed date of adoption: 2 May 2022
Proposed date of entry into force: 31 October 2022
The repairability index consists of a score out of 10 intended to be displayed at the time of purchase to inform consumers of the categories of electrical and electronic products.
This score is obtained by dividing an overall score of 100 points by 10 according to five criteria, each scored out of 20 and equal weight, making it possible to assess the products' repairability. These criteria are as follows: documentation provided by the manufacturer,
ease of disassembly of the product, availability of spare parts, the relationship between the price of the most expensive spare part and the price of the original product, usage counter (optional) or other criteria specific to the category of products concerned.
This Order applies to Battery-operated and household vacuum cleaners, Corded and household vacuum cleaners, Robot and household vacuum cleaners, Top-loading household washing machines, Household dishwashers, High-pressure cleaners, defined as corded (240 volts) falling within the scope of the regulation (EU...) laying down ecodesign requirements for the listed items. It specifies the criteria, sub-criteria and scoring system applicable to the products to calculate the repairability index by model. Producers, importers, or other parties placing electrical and electronic equipment on the market shall be required to calculate the index for the categories of products concerned and make this information available.
Directive (EU) 2018/851 on waste encourages the Member States to take appropriate measures to prevent waste generation. In addition, one of the objectives of the European action plan for the circular economy (COM (2020) 98) is to improve the durability and repairability of products. The stakeholder consultation held in the context of the Roadmap for the circular economy, presented by the Government on 23 April 2018, resulted in measure No. 10, which provides mandatory information on the repairability of electrical and electronic products. The measure aims to promote responsible consumption by improving consumer information through the establishment and mandatory display of a simple repairability index for some of these products. This index aims to inform the consumer regarding how easy it is to repair the product concerned. This measure thus aims, on the one hand, to compensate for the asymmetry of information between consumers and manufacturers or distributors concerning the repairability of products and, on the other hand, to encourage manufacturers to integrate repairability criteria into the design of their products, thus tending towards