The medical device manufacturing industry is important to the Irish economy, but it is an industry that produces a lot of waste. Therefore, the introduction of a closed-loop supply chain could be very beneficial. This empirical study was conducted to identify what barriers prevent the successful implementation of a closed-loop supply chain to the industry. Industry experts’ pairwise comparisons of the barriers were used as inputs for the Bayesian Best–Worst Method to rank the barriers based on their relative importance to remove. This method contains an error with how weight is distributed to barriers in categories of different sizes and a novel adjusted global weight approach is presented. Product design was found to be the most important barrier to remove, and customer perception was found to be least important barrier to remove. Managerial actions and government policy recommendations are made to address the most severe barriers. . .
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Originally published January 8th, 2022