Position paper

Blood glucose monitors under WEEE

Blood glucose monitors (BGM) used in households are infected at end of life and therefore should not fall under the scope of Directive 2002/96/EC nor its recast Directive 2012/19/EU which regulate the waste of electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE).

Scientific evidence and ‘real life’ case studies exist which demonstrate that BGM may be infectious at end of life and the European Commission has confirmed that BGM infected with blood should be considered infected at end of life. Given that the WEEE directives clearly exempt infected IVDs from their scope, all Member States should hold the position that BGM be exempt from WEEE requirements.