Although the “right to repair” isn’t really a thing in Europe, the EU is planning some major changes to their electronic devices rules. (from c’t report in 2nd January issue)
Although the rules are still in committee, there are some significant changes planned:
- manufacturers must provide spare parts for electronics devices for at least 5 years.
- manufacturers must provide 3rd party repair centres with spare parts and technical manuals/information
- batteries must have 80% capacity after 1,000 recharge cycles or the battery must be easily replaced by the user (currently Apple, for instance, guarantees 80% capacity after 500 cycles)
- manufacturers must provide software updates for at least 2 years
Any 3rd party repair company “that has the relevant competence” must be able to purchase authorized parts from the manufacturer and their repairs will be legal/valid. How they prove that competence is not yet defined.
This mirrors similar rules already in place for white goods and televisions.