Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE)


The EU’s 2004 Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Directive (WEEE) regulates the disposal of waste electrical and electronic equipment (e-waste).

The responsibility and cost for treatment of a product at the end-of-life rests with the manufacturer: they must have a mechanism to allow all customers to return e-waste for recovery and recycling free of charge. The Directive covers many medical devices and IVDs but exempts certain products, such as blood glucose monitors, where recovery and recycling would carry a contamination risk. MedTech Europe offers support to members on complying with their WEEE requirements. Guidance is offered on hitting targets, meeting reporting requirements and complying with shipping used equipment.