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NEMA publishes good refurbishment practices standard.

Press Release Summary:

Feb 25, 2016 - Medical Imaging & Technology Alliance, a division of NEMA, published NEMA/MITA 1-2015 Good Refurbishment Practices for Medical Electrical Equipment. Intended to serve as a reference for regulators, customers, refurbishers, and manufacturers, standard lays out basic requirements for a refurbishment process for medical electrical equipment that will not change the equipment’s original intended use, safety profile, or performance.

National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) - Rosslyn, VA

Original Press Release

NEMA Publishes NEMA/MITA 1-2015 Good Refurbishment Practices for Medical Electrical Equipment

Press release date: Feb 23, 2016

ROSSLYN, Va., —The Medical Imaging & Technology Alliance (MITA), a division of National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA), published NEMA/MITA 1-2015 Good Refurbishment Practices for Medical Electrical Equipment. MITA adapted the European Coordination Committee of the Radiological, Electromedical, and Healthcare IT Industry (COCIR) Medical Electrical Equipment: Good Refurbishment Practices (GRP) industry standard to align with current terminology and industry practices and be a reference for regulators, customers, refurbishers, and manufacturers. This standard lays out the basic requirements for a refurbishment process for medical electrical equipment that will not change the equipment’s original intended use, safety profile, or performance.

Refurbished medical imaging systems represent a key component of today’s healthcare technology market. By purchasing refurbished equipment, hospitals and health systems are able to upgrade their diagnostic capability, and patients benefit from increased accuracy in diagnosis, at a fraction of the cost of a new system. However, regulators, customers, and industry have been hindered by a lack of common understanding of what constitutes good refurbishment practice to ensure the safety and effectiveness of refurbished medical electrical equipment.

“Refurbished systems are an effective way for healthcare providers to upgrade their equipment while maintaining quality and being budget-conscious,” said MITA Executive Director Patrick Hope. “Understandably, regulators and customers need to be certain that all refurbished equipment is high-quality, safe, and effective. This standard outlines industry best practices that, if followed, will result in refurbished equipment that is just as safe and effective as brand new.”

NEMA MITA 1-2015 may be downloaded at no cost on the NEMA website.

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