The DITTA Good Refurbishment Practice (GRP) Working Group (WG) is existing since February 2012. The objective of this WG is to promote equipments refurbished by Original Manufacturers (OEM), enabling market access where those types of equipments are not used or banned. Activities are focusing on the dissemination, promotion of the concept of GRP, and development of an industry standard. Since 2014 the DITTA WG is coordinated by the MITA office.
DITTA Brochure on refurbishment contribution to circular economy (2015)
In 2015 DITTA published a brochure highlighting the contribution of refurbishment to circular economy and to sustainability:
NEMA/MITA 1-2015 Standard published in 2016
The DITTA GRP WG worked with MITA, the Medical Imaging & Technology Alliance to publish the NEMA/MITA 1-2015 Good Refurbishment Practices for Medical Electrical Equipment on February 2016. The standard adapts the COCIR "Medical Electrical Equipment: Good Refurbishment Practices (GRP)" industry standard to align with current terminology and industry practices to 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.