Medical Electronics Symposium Conference Proceedings


MEDICAL ELECTRONIC PRODUCT STEWARDSHIP: OEM PROGRAMS FOR THE COMPETITIVE EDGE

Author: Lauren S. Roman
Company: United Recycling Industries
Date Published: 5/19/2004   Conference: Medical Electronics Symposium


Abstract: More and more often, buyers of medical equipment are requiring that sellers remove obsolete units as a condition of sale. Consumers of medical equipment have found addressing the myriad of issues surrounding disposal of this equipment difficult to manage and look to producers to dispose of their own products. Offering prospective clients new products that include an end-of-life management strategy gives progressive medical equipment OEMs the market edge.

There are, however, many issues to consider when planning for life-cycle management of medical equipment. The good news is that comprehensive solutions already exist. Program components to consider include reverse logistics, opportunities for parts retrieval and redeployment, decontamination, management of hazardous components, protection of proprietary technology and competitive interests surrounding resale.

Regulatory issues and liability concerns are driving client demand for end-of-life services. OEMs that offer comprehensive programs can increase sales and reduce overall costs.

Key words: product stewardship, take-back, recycling, environmental.



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