June 10, 2021
webinar, HVACR Equipment Needed for the Safe Refrigerant Transition, has been rescheduled from July 28
25 at 4:00 p.m. EDT. Expert presenters will explain the equipment needed for
installing and servicing products containing the new A2L refrigerants and where
to obtain it. Attendees will also learn about methods for handling the new A2Ls.
Please register for this webinar here.Those who previously
registered for the session on July 28 are not required to reregister. Contact: Lauren
AHRI members and certification participants are reminded that annual sales volume reports are due August 13. On July 12, AHRI emailed an official request to members and certification participants regarding completion of these reports, which cover the period July 1, 2020 through June 30, 2021. They are necessary for AHRI to be able to correctly calculate 2022 membership dues and certification licensing fees. The request was sent to individuals in the following contact roles only: O-Rep, Dues Billing Rep, Cert Contact, Cert Billing Contact, and SV-Rep.
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The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) last week issued
a policy statement, approved unanimously at its
meeting on July 21, condemning restrictions on repair. The FTC
policy states that “Restricting consumers and businesses from choosing how they
repair products can substantially increase the total cost of repairs, generate
harmful electronic waste, and unnecessarily increase wait times for repairs.”
The new FTC policy statement comes after a 2019 workshop called “Nixing the
Fix,” which sought input on the right to repair issues from stakeholders. The
FTC said the outcome of this workshop and follow-up investigations revealed
potentially unnecessary restrictions on repairing equipment and devices.
The FTC policy statement notes that while it has not
previously made unlawful repair restrictions an enforcement policy, it will do
so moving forward, such as under the Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act and Section 5 of the Federal Trade Commission Act.
The FTC is also requesting public reports of violations of these acts, noting
current law does not allow for civil penalties but that the FTC may decide to
file suit against violators. Further, the FTC will scrutinize repair deals for
antitrust law violations and investigate any deceptive trade practices according
to the Federal Trade Commission Act.
The FTC states in their policy statement that they
will consider rulemakings, if necessary, on this issue. During its vote on this
policy statement, Commissioner Rohit Chopra noted the pandemic had demonstrated
the importance of the problem, highlighting products from ventilators and
tractors to appliances and electronic devices. Commissioner Chopra believes the
FTC should go beyond ramping up enforcement by taking an interagency approach.
He advises reforming government procurement processes to exclude policies that
do not allow self or third-party repair and assisting federal and state policy
lawmakers in expanding the authority of states and the federal government to
push back on repair policies.