On 4 October 2022, the EU Parliament voted in favour of adopting a common charger for the EU single market, through an amendment to the Radio Equipment Directive (RED), which establishes a single charging solution for small and medium size electronic devices regardless of their manufacturer. Those devices shall be equipped with USB-C receptable at the device side by 2024 to access the EU market. The same requirements will also become applicable to laptops in 2026.
CEN and CENELEC support the interoperability and safety of mobile phones and other devices, as well as EU’s initiatives to reduce the e-waste and to improve the consumer’s convenience. CEN and CENELEC appreciate that the new law recognizes the value of European Standards, in particular EN IEC 62680-1-2 and EN IEC 62680-1-3. CEN and CENELEC also welcome the possibility to develop harmonized standards for wireless charging.
European Standardization has played a leading role in creating the EU Single Market. Standards support market-based competition and help ensure the interoperability of complementary products and services. They reduce costs, improve safety, and enhance competition.