The European Commission has revealed that there are three major risks associated with the reprocessing of single-use medical devices.

In a report, the commission warned of the dangers of remaining contamination, the persistence of chemical substances used during the reprocessing and altered performances.

It study also outlined the attitude of EU member states to the reprocessing issue, adding that the majority do not have any laws in place, but it is normally considered prohibited where laws do not exist.

The report has been submitted to the European Parliament’s Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety.