WEEE and Biomed
Europe's Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) directive holds manufacturers "responsible for taking back and recycling electrical and electronic equipment.". While biomed device manufactures may have some short-term exemptions, the handwriting is on the wall . . .
WEEE is intended to cover a wide range of equipment beyond consumer and IT. Consider its companion project grEEn, which aims to provide "a new cost management methodology to aid electrical and electronic equipment manufacturers facing financial responsibility for the lifetime environmental impact of their products." The grEEn Project's case studies include a cellular mobile telephone, automotive subassemblies, and a complete medical scanner unit, as well as a personal computer. (The project notes that "Siemens Medical Solutions used the method to generate an environmental product declaration for its Uroskop Access scanner, in accordance with ISO 14021.")