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Recycling and WEEE Regulations

Environmental Statement

As a manufacturer of Electronic products MIE Medical Research Ltd products conform to the recently introduced Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS) Directive ensuring their impact on the environment is minimised. MIE also conforms to the WEEE directive for Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment. See below for further details on these directives:

Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS) Directive

The Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS) Directive 2002/95/EC of the European Parliament stipulates that certain hazardous substances must not be present above defined levels in products. Medical devices were exempt until 2012 and is now a requirement.
MIE works with the entire supply chain (not just immediate suppliers) to ensure that all products comply with this directive. We have taken great care to ensure that the products are not only compliant, but that they are as reliable as their predecessors. Now that the directive is in force, all parts manufactured by MIE are RoHS compliant.


How do I order RoHS compliant parts from MIE?

MIE's products do not have separate part numbers for RoHS stock so the ordering remains the same.
All products supplied after April 2012 are RoHS compliant.


Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Directive

Weee Symbol

The Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment or WEEE directive ensures that any product marked with the WEEE logo is separated from other waste streams to ensure that it is recycled in an environmentally sound manner.

Any product defined as 'finished' is subject to WEEE regulations.
A finished product is defined by three criteria:

  • A product with a housing i.e. not an OEM component or sub-assembly.
  • A product either with an intelligent interface; RS232, PS/2 or USB or one that can operate on a stand-alone basis, i.e. independent of a host.
  • A product that is dependent on an electric current to work properly.

All of MIE’s electronic devices meet the above criteria are marked with the above WEEE logo. Any product not marked with the WEEE logo should be disposed of in normal waste streams as per current practice. Under the U.K. implementation of the WEEE directive the following definitions apply:

  • Historic WEEE - Goods shipped before 15h August 2005.
  • New WEEE - Goods shipped with the WEEE logo after 15th August 2005.

MIE Medical Research Ltd., is registered as a supplier of WEEE with the Environment Agency and makes all the necessary declarations with regard to WEEE sold within the United Kingdom. At the end of life, MIE, will accept the return of WEEE for the safe disposal and recycling as per the following:

  • Historic WEEE - Liability for Historic WEEE is applicable only where like for like purchases to replace the existing products is being negotiated. E.g. If 1 of product A are being replaced with product B and that product B could be described as a replacement for product A, then the return of product A for recycling under the WEEE directive is acceptable. This collective producer responsibility for historic WEEE will end in 2013. If no like for like, replacement sales are being negotiated, then MIE is not liable for Historic WEEE. In this situation, MIE may, at its own discretion, quote for the safe disposal of the goods.
  • New WEEE - MIE accepts liability for New WEEE at the end of life and will dispose of safely or recycle goods wherever possible. MIE does not accept any liability whatsoever for the remote collection, shipping costs or packaging of returned goods. All costs associated with the return of WEEE will be borne by the customer. Before returning New WEEE, the customer must first contact MIE and request a WMA (WEEE Management Authorisation) number.

Customers are responsible for the costs of shipping goods to the Central Collection Point and MIE accepts no liability whatsoever for any such costs.

WEEE Central Collection Location:
MIE Medical Research Ltd.,
6 Wortley Moor Road,
Leeds,
LS12 4JF.
United Kingdom