Keeping up with the latest medical technology often involves replacing medical equipment before it reaches the end of its expected service life. This is more economically feasible if the residual value of the existing equipment is utilized. Refurbishment of equipment addresses the high demand for affordable and reliable products and is a well-established element of the healthcare economy. However, because of the possible risk to patients and operators, some countries have banned all refurbished equipment as there are no means of distinguishing between high-quality refurbished equipment and second-hand equipment of undefined quality. In order that patients are not denied access to the safe and economical Medical Electrical Equipment they need, used equipment has to be processed in a dedicated way. As the interpretation of refurbishment is so varied, there has been a need to define Good Refurbishment Practice (GRP) in an international standard.

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