As well as this, the draft regulations introduce the recycling and reuse of single-use medical devices in Latvia, which is directly permitted and partly regulated by Regulation 2017/745. The provisions of the draft regulations are based on the current regulation in Germany and the United Kingdom on the recycling and reuse of single-use medical devices. Essentially the project for the reprocessing of single-use medical devices imposes the same requirements as Regulation 2017/745 for the manufacture of medical devices. Namely, these requirements are very demanding, difficult and resource-consuming to meet. The recycling of single-use medical devices can be economically justified only for relatively expensive and complex devices (such as harmonic scalpels, laser sutures, etc).

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