New Year comes bearing benefits for consumers. As of January 1st, consumers surfing the web for their home appliances and electronics will be able to better compare the energy efficiency of these products. Following existing obligations for sales in shops, the well-known energy label will need to accompany products bought online.
On the eve of the International Day of Persons with Disabilities (3 December), ANEC welcomes the publication of a new version of Guide 71 Guide for addressing accessibility in standards by the International Organisation for Standardisation (ISO), the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) and the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) to which we contributed. We also welcome that the three International organisations, together with their European (CEN/CENELEC/ETSI) and national counterparts, have dedicated this week to promote the role of standards in increasing accessibility.
As of yesterday, vacuum cleaners have to meet EU-wide energy and performance requirements. Consumers buying a vacuum cleaner will also receive labelling information on efficiency, energy use and performance. Stricter wattage requirements will reduce the energy use.
ANEC welcomes the adoption of European standards on the procedures and logo for the protection of consumers personal data when Radio Frequency IDentification (RFID) chips are used. “ANEC believes consumers should be informed of the presence of the RFID tag by a clearly understandable sign”, said ANEC Secretary-General, Stephen Russell.