The EU is developing a new repair policy for smartphones and tablets , requiring manufacturers selling products in the EU to provide at least 15 parts to professional repairers within five years, allowing customers to replace batteries, back covers, front and rear cameras, audio Connectors, charging ports, microphones and speakers, SIM and memory card trays, and more. The move is aimed at reducing e-waste, reducing environmental impact and resource waste. The EU will also introduce new energy efficiency labels for smartphones and tablets, showing expected battery life, water and dust resistance, drop and scratch resistance, and more. If manufacturers can’t supply batteries within five years, they must ensure that the battery has 80% of its rated capacity after a thousand charge-discharge cycles. Vendors also need to ensure that their software updates do not negatively impact battery life.
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