“Remanufacturing (also known as reprocessing) is a process carried out on a medical device in order to allow its safe reuse, including cleaning, disinfection, sterilisation and related procedures, as well as testing and restoring the technical and functional safety of the devices.” (cf. Definition EU MDR 2017/745/EU)
Commercial remanufacturing of single use devices offers a solution to hospitals and healthcare systems to provide safe and effective patient care while lowering medical waste and reducing the cost of waste disposal.
Working with hospitals, surgical centres and healthcare systems, Vanguard collects used devices. These devices are then disassembled, cleaned, function-tested, repackaged and sterilised. Remanufactured devices meet or exceed the standards of the original manufacturer and are 100% traceable to enable quality control and accountability.
Improves the cost effectiveness of hospital operations
Significantly reduces case-related expenditure for medical devices
Allows hospital management to redirect up to 50% of the cost of new devices into patient care and new technology
Manufactures and remanufactures medical devices and assumes full legal liabilities in the same way as any OEM
Meets or exceeds essential regulatory requirements of all relevant European medical device directives (CE marked); complies with all EU regulations
Tests for safety and quality through validated procedures
Reduces raw material extraction used in the manufacture of new devices
Lowers volumes of plastics and metals going to landfill
Reduces harm to the atmosphere from incineration and energy consumption