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Regulatory Trends in Consumer Electronics: a 12-18 Month Outlook

Feb 15, 2023 Regulatory Trends in Consumer Electronics: a 12-18 Month Outlook

A 12-18 month outlook for regulatory trends in consumer electronics

The world of consumer electronics is changing, reflected by consumer and legislative demands for more sustainable practices and products.

More importance is being placed on climate neutral, resource-efficient economies, resulting in increased regulation everywhere.

The added complexity of connected devices, challenging traditional concepts of product safety, is resulting in even greater regulation of cybersecurity, data protection & artificial intelligence. 

(Source: C2P by Compliance & Risks)

Figure 1 shows a 60% increase in Regulations for Consumer Electronics manufacturers since 2015, with 24,996 Regulations in place by 2022.

Hot Topics

Listed below are the key regulations that will be impacting your business over the next 12-18 months:

Sustainable Products in the Limelight

Never before has the need to protect our environment been more to the forefront of the world’s consciousness. Regulators are fast responding enacting measures focused on minimising the environmental impacts of products.

The net result is even more regulation to contend with. 

As recently noted by the EU Commission “Products use up massive amounts of materials, energy and other resources and cause significant environmental impacts throughout their lifecycle, from the extraction of raw materials, to manufacture, transport, use and end of life. Half of global greenhouse gases and 90% of biodiversity loss are caused by extracting and processing primary raw materials.”

(Source: C2P by Compliance & Risks)

Top Trending Regulations

Listed below are the key regulations that will be impacting your business over the next 12-18 months:

  • EU: Proposed Framework for Setting Ecodesign Requirements for Sustainable Products, Draft Regulation, March 2022
  • USA: Fair Repair Requirements for Manufacturers of Digital Electronic Equipment, House Bill 4006, 2021
  • France: Procedure for Registering Producers and Issuing Their Unique Identifier Within the Framework of Extended Producer Responsibility, Order, March 2022
  • Colorado (USA): Measures to Increase Protections from Perfluoroalkyl and Polyfluoroalkyl (PFAS) Chemicals, House Bill 22-1345, 2022
  • Argentina: Rationalisation of the Use of Plastic Products, Bill No. 0175, March 2022
  • EU: Ecodesign and Energy Labelling Working Plan 2022-2024, Communication, March 2022
  • UK: Plastic Packaging Tax (Description of Products), Regulations, SI 2021/1417
  • EU: Corporate Sustainability Due Diligence, Draft Directive, February 2022
  • New Jersey (USA): Concerning the Recyclability of Certain Products, Assembly Bill 1554, 2022
  • Italy: Postponement of Packaging Labelling Obligations, Law No. 15/2022
  • New York (USA): Product Stewardship and Product Labelling, Regulations, 6 NYCRR Part 368, 2022
  • UK: Restriction of Use of Certain Hazardous Substances in Electrical and Electronic Equipment Regulations, SI 2012/3032
  • US: Plastics Pact Roadmap to 2025, June 2021
  • EAEU: Procedure for the Import of Products Subject to Mandatory Conformity Assessment, Decision No. 130, 2021

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