SGS Publishes Article on e-Waste and France’s New Reparability Index

SGS, the world’s leading testing, inspection and certification
company, has published an article looking the growing global problem of e-waste
and France’s new reparability index for certain electrical and electronic (EE)
consumer products.

It is estimated that globally, each person annually produces 7.3 kg of e-waste. This situation is unsustainable and
so countries are adopting strategies to stop obsolescence and reduce the EE
industry’s impact on the environment.

In February 2020, France passed the Anti-Waste
for a Circular Economy Act (AGEC) law. This covers five categories of EE
product – computers, TVs, smartphones, lawnmowers (wired, battery-operated and
robotic) and washing machines. Since January 1, 2021, French vendors have been
required to display a reparability score to help consumers choose products that
are easier to repair.

SGS’s Consumer Compact article looks at the global problem of
e-waste, some of the strategies being enforced to reduce waste, the
requirements in the AGEC, and what manufacturers can do to improve the
reparability score of their products.

Read the original Consumer Compact article, ‘Repair
Is Better Than Replace: France’s New Reparability Index for Electronic Products


SGS offers a comprehensive range of
solutions to help manufacturers comply with the provisions in the AGEC,
including technical product evaluations, support in product reparability, and
assistance in compiling the reparability manual. In addition, they can also
provide manufacturers with training that will ensure their employees fully
understand the requirements and implications of the law. Learn more about SGS’s
Circular Economy services (in French).

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global benchmark for quality and integrity. With more than 89,000 employees,
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