Hearing on industrial product lifetimes

Hearing on industrial product lifetimes
  • Start date : 07/05/2013 00:00:00
  • End date : 07/05/2013 23:59:59
  • Where : EESC, JDE room 51, 99 rue Belliard, Brussels

Events/Conf/Fairs, European Economic and Social Committee, Environment, consumers and health

This hearing is in the framework of currently ongoing works to draw up an own initiative opinion which aims to draft a code of conduct establishing a clear, minimum service-life for industrial products destined for consumer use.




Many consumer products could have a longer service-life. However, some components seem to be  designed to become obsolete so that the product becomes unusable after a certain period of time or rely on the use of specific consumable items. This has a number of damaging consequences: the cost to consumers of early replacement of the product or dependence to expensive consumable items, the overuse of natural resources and raw materials.


The aim of this hearing will be to curb the most flagrant examples and improve guarantees given to consumers.