Rules approved by the European Council oblige companies, in particular Apple, to provide users with the ability to independently replace batteries in iPhones and other products, writes AppleInsider.

The European Council announced the adoption of a new regulation on batteries and spent batteries. It sets strict rules for verifying the source of raw materials for batteries available on the market.

The new regulation applies to all batteries, including used portable batteries, batteries for electric vehicles, industrial batteries and batteries used for light vehicles such as electric bicycles, e-mopeds and electric scooters. The document is designed to solve the problem of the impact of batteries on the environment at each stage of their life cycle.

The rules are expected to affect companies such as Apple that sell battery-powered products in the EU. However, it is expected that Apple, like other companies, will resist the implementation of these rules.

In a significant win for consumers, the regulation stipulates that by 2027, portable batteries built into appliances must be removable and replaceable by the end user. This provision gives manufacturers enough time to adapt the design of their products to this requirement.

The regulation also introduces labeling and information requirements, including an electronic “battery passport” and QR code, to be implemented by 2026 and 2027. These measures aim to provide consumers with clear and accessible information about the batteries they use.

As you know, Apple has launched an official self-repair program that allows people to access the necessary parts and tools to repair their devices, including battery replacements.