Independent testing programme assessing the lifetime of consumer products


Generation of waste from electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) has soared in the past decades. WEEE is considered to be one of the fastest growing waste streams in the EU, growing at 3-5% per year and reaching 12 Mt by 2020. This development is not only putting a strain on the environment, but also on consumers’ budgets.

PROMPT has the ambition to help extending the useful lifetime of products and to contribute to the transition to a circular economy. It aims at boosting durable design, providing access to repair services, upgrades and disassembly options. Furthermore, it intends to help reducing resource depletion, prevent waste generation and mitigate associated societal and environmental impacts.


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Preparatory study for the introduction of a durability index published in France


In January 2021, France introduced a repairability index for five product groups (Law n° 2020-105). The same Law also foresees that by 2024 the index is replaced by – or becomes – a durability index including additional criteria, such as product reliability. Recently, the French Environmental Agency (ADEME) published a preparatory study for the introduction of […]