Are disposable electrodes in the scope of WEEE Directive?

Mark Meer

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The Directive 2012/19/EU on Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) defines "Electrical and Electronic Equipment" (EEE) as:

"...equipment which is dependent on electric currents or electromagnetic fields in order to work properly and equipment for the generation, transfer and measurement of such currents and fields and designed for use with a voltage rating not exceeding 1000 volts for alternating current and 1500 volts for direct current;" (Article 3, 1(a))

We've got some disposable electrodes made of only plastic, cotton and stainless steel.

Sure, when connected to a parent stimulator, these electrodes transfer current, and hence appear to fit the EEE definition. ...but given their material composition, it seems strange to have to subject them to special disposal instructions...
 
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In 2012 update of WEEE directive, in Article 1 (Scope) clause 4 says that "This shall not apply to [...] (g) medical devices and in vitro diagnostic medical devices, where such devices are expected to be infective prior to end of life, and active implantable medical devices". So to me it seems that used disposable electrodes are out of scope of WEEE.
 
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