WEEE (Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment) Directive & Use of Symbols

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darrock

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Hi

I have been reading and researching the WEEE Directive with regards to Medical Devices (a new area for me) and I am just looking for clarification on the use of the crossed through wheelie bin symbol with black bar/bar with date of manufacture as I now seem to have got myself confused....:eek:

I was originally under the impression that the use of the crossed through wheelie bin symbol with black bar or date of manufacture indicated that the product could be re-processed/re-used etc under the WEEE directive.

However, on further reading (and perhaps I am reading too much!), that this symbol should be used for all electrical and electronic equipment put onto the market after August 2005, so that the user can identify that the product should not be disposed of through municpal waste. Is this correct?


Look forward to your help
 
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medi12

#2
Hi,

you have to use the crossed through wheeli bin symbol with black bar for any electrical and electronic devices put onto the market after August 2005 (in germany after March 2006). All of these devices falls under the requiremengts of the WEEE directive.

best,
medi
 
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darrock

#3
Hi

Thanks for your reply.

If we rationalised that the product that we were putting onto the market is a "potentially infected" medical device, this falls outside of the WEEE Directive. What labelling would we apply to it if any?

The product in question is a professional use product that has electronic components and a battery. The sample matrices used is either urine or oral fluid.
 
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medi12

#5
The directive excluded infected medical devices (attachment IA of the directive), so you don't have to use the symbol for such devices.

(thanks to harry for the nice pic :) )

medi
 
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Eratosthenes

#6
I used to be in medical but any users in the electronics retail industry? Would like to chat about WEEE and the wheelie bin symbols.
 
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drewsky1

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Can anyone clarify for me if batteries fall under the WEEE directive? We have battery powered devices the we instruct on the IFU to remove the batteries to be disposed of separately and the biohazard symbol instructing the user to dispose of the product in accordance with accepted medical practice and applicable local, state, and federal laws and regulations. The guidances are confusing as to whether we need the WEEE symbol on the labeling. Are batteries consider electrical waste or electronic equipment? We were under the understanding that batteries were not covered under the WEEE directive because according to the WEEE batteries should be removed from any separately collected WEEE. I a very confused.

Thanks for any insight/clarification on this.
 
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SteveK

#8
Can anyone clarify for me if batteries fall under the WEEE directive?
In the EU it is a separate directive – Waste Batteries & Accumulator Regulations 2006/66/EC.

http://eur-lex.europa.eu/LexUriServ/LexUriServ.do?uri=OJ:L:2006:266:0001:0014:en:PDF

When I conduct our WEEE submissions for our battery powered electrical devices in the UK they are minus the batteries, and I have to conduct a separate submission to our Environmental Agency for the batteries we supply. Don’t know if this helps.

Steve
 
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