The Association of Medical Device Reprocessors (AMDR) is the global trade association for the regulated, commercial “single-use” medical device (SUD) reprocessing industry (known as “remanufacturing” in Europe).
For 22 years, AMDR has promoted reprocessing as an important healthcare strategy that helps hospitals and healthcare providers reduce cost, waste, and greenhouse gas emissions, while strengthening the supply chain. AMDR protects the interests of its members in regulation, legislation, and standard-setting.
Based on data AMDR collected from its members, hospitals worldwide reprocessed over 31.6 million SUDs in 2020, saving over (US) $437 million worldwide. Members helped their hospital and surgical center customers divert 11,964,160 pounds (5,438,254 kilos) of medical waste from landfills and incinerators.
Over 10,300 hospitals in 13 countries, including all U.S. News and World Report “Best Hospitals,” 43 U.S. military hospitals, and 28 of the prestigious German University Hospitals, work with AMDR-member regulated reprocessors.
A well-designed, published, peer-reviewed life cycle assessment comparing the environmental impacts from using original electrophysiology catheters compared with its reprocessed counterpart indicates the use of reprocessed devices cut greenhouse gas emissions in half, among many other environmental benefits.
AMDR members include Innovative Health, Medline Renewal, NEScientific, Arjo ReNu Medical, Stryker Sustainability Solutions, Sustainable Technologies (a Cardinal Health Business), and Vanguard AG. Members must reprocess SUDs, and agree to our mission, credo, and code of conduct.
Having played a key role in the establishment of the reprocessing industry, AMDR continues to push the global medical technology industry, leading the way for reprocessing to play a defining role in the evolution of new device technologies. More information is available at www.AMDR.org.