Happy International Repair Day! This year’s theme is “Repair Is Everywhere,” which we know deeply at iFixit.
Every day, we hear from people around the world about how they’re able to repair their stuff more easily than they thought, for less money than the manufacturer said, and keep it running longer than anyone believed possible.
People have always fixed their stuff all around the world. But recently, people around the world are also fighting for their right to repair everything they own. In honor of the day, we’ve created a map celebrating the global Right to Repair movement. Please let us know in the comments if you know of Right to Repair legislation or advocacy organizations that we’ve missed!
Finally, the Open Repair Alliance has a great list of repair events happening around the world today. Look for one near you or add your own.
The Right to Repair Movement Around the World
As of July 2022, Australian vehicle manufacturers must give independent techs access to data needed for repair. The Government is also considering electronics legislation.
Canada’s parliament voted unanimously (330-0) in 2021 and again in 2022 (322-0) for a bill to let repairers get past some digital locks. The bill now moves to the Senate.
Chile considered a new constitution in 2022 that would’ve included a repairability label. They rejected the constitution, but the fight for repair rights continues.
As of 2021, electronics manufacturers selling in France must put a repairability score on their products at point of sale—pushing them to make more fixable stuff.
The 2021 German government coalition agreement included the intention to implement the Right to Repair, with legislative proposals to come.
India’s Ministry of Consumer Affairs announced in 2022 that it is drawing up a Right to Repair framework, addressing smartphones and tablets.
In 2021, Repair Cafe Aotearoa petitioned the New Zealand government to introduce repair legislation—which it began to consider in 2022.
Policy Lab Africa has built a Nigerian repair technician directory, supports a repair training program for Nigerian girls, and is advocating for Right to Repair laws.
The European Commission proposed in 2022 a repair index for smartphones and tablets, which will go on a new label at product sale.
As of 2021, energy-related product manufacturers in the UK must provide access to spare parts and tools to professional repairers.
Since Massachusetts passed a car repair law in 2012, there have been Right to Repair bills proposed in 43 US states—and two passed in 2022 (for wheelchairs in Colorado, and electronics in New York)!
Right to Repair South Africa has been working with the Competition Commission since 2017 to secure the right of independent car repair shops to compete.
In November 2021, the South Korean Justice Party proposed a Right to Repair Act that’s currently in debate in the National Assembly.
In the Rhino Refugee Camp in Uganda, Community Creativity for Development trains young people to repair, hosts repair cafes, and is pushing for better repair policy.
This International Repair Day, volunteers and businesses alike came together to celebrate repair. Despite the fact that it's relatively new, there are plenty of ways to celebrate International Repair Day and engage with a community aiming to make products .
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