The Ecodesign Directive, which previously set standards mainly for energy efficiency in products, has now been expanded to include regulations about the longevity of products. The goal is for products to have a longer lifespan and to significantly reduce the volume of electronic waste, as well as protecting valuable resources and the climate.
"Don't throw it out, repair it" is the motto and the idea behind the new EU regulations. Since March 1, 2021, all new appliances need to be easier to repair. Replacements for non-critical small parts such as spray arms, seals and silverware baskets in dishwashers must be available for seven, eight or ten years depending on the product (see table below), so that consumers can repair their defective appliances themselves. If more extensive repairs are required that cannot be done "on your own" (like replacing an electrical component), an expert needs to be consulted. The goal of the new directive is not for consumers to purchase electrical components and put themselves and others at risk.