Can disposable high-value consumables be reused? Health Commission: Will adjust the catalog of single-use medical devices

Summary:

Whether disposable medical consumables, especially high-value medical consumables, can be reused has always been a matter of concern and controversy in the industry. Prior to this, the National Health Commission has indeed issued several documents stating that it is clearly strictly forbidden to reuse disposable medical consumables. But recently, the National Health Commission has a different attitude!

Release Date:

Oct 19,2021

Whether disposable medical consumables, especially high-value medical consumables, can be reused has always been a matter of concern and controversy in the industry. Prior to this, the National Health Commission has indeed issued several documents stating that it is clearly strictly forbidden to reuse disposable medical consumables. But recently, the National Health Commission has a different attitude!

In February, the National Health Commission stated in its reply to the "Recommendation on Adjusting Certain Non-implantable High-Value Surgical Instruments in the Department of Ophthalmology to the Single-use Device Catalog" and pointed out that it will actively cooperate with the State Food and Drug Administration to adjust single-use medical devices Catalog, balance the safety and economy of reused single-use medical devices, and reasonably control the increase in medical expenses.

The National Health Commission stated in this reply that the one-time use of high-value medical consumables may cause waste of resources, environmental pollution, and rising medical costs. In practice, some medical consumables can be reused. Whether medical consumables are for one-time use is determined during the registration approval or filing process, and the instructions for use have clearly stipulated.

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