Recycling of Lymed products

Send your used products to charity!

Lymed takes in well-maintained pressure and compression products for charity purposes. Lymed evaluates the condition of donated products and delivers them to their project partners, who take care of the use of the products and further training. We only send quality products for further use.

Our donations are in line with EU and WHO donation regulations, so please read the instructions before sending the products to us.

Send donation products at your own expense to:

Lymed Oy
Charity
Pyhäjärvenkatu 5 A
33200 Tampere

or return the product to Lymed Oy’s store (weekdays 8-16). Lymed cannot contribute to the shipping costs of the products.



Instructions for sending the product for recycling:

– We accept pressure and compression products and related aids for shipment for further use.
– We also accept products from other manufacturers.
– We do not accept broken or dirty products.
Wash the product before shipping.


What Lymed does for received products:

– Lymed removes any personal information on the product before forwarding it.
– Lymed evaluates the condition and intended use of the product.
– Lymed provides product selection guidelines in English.
– Lymed will provide packing lists and instructions for use to its project partner for product delivery.
– Lymed packs and sends the products at its own expense to its project partner. Varova Oy has participated in the costs in 2018-2020, by giving a discount on transport prices for charity.


Reuse of Lymed products



Lymed Oy’s cooperation with LIHDA

Lymed has participated in the LIHDA project since 2018 by sending used pressure and compression garments and other lymphotherapy aids to target countries through LIHDA. Send us used products in good condition, or other aids used in lymphatic therapy: we will forward them for the LIHDA project.



Recycling and reuse of medical devices

A large portion of discarded medical devices are destroyed after use. Lymed Oy asks its clients to send products manufactured by Lymed Oy, which still have a lifespan, to Lymed Oy for further processing for charity. Medical devices are devices and instruments that are used to treat a patient or that are in some way related to the treatment of a patient.

In developing countries (low- and lower-middle-income countries, the World Bank’s four-point scale) there is a continuing need for medical devices in good condition. About 70% of all medical devices in developing countries have been obtained through international donations or with the support of a foreign state (MedTechEurope 2018). The circular economy is still limited for medical devices due to cumbersome regulations, the specialty of the devices, and the financing of donations. Another problem is often that medical devices cannot be used properly or there are no resources to use them.

When donating equipment, many rules and regulations concerning medical devices and supplies must be followed, which the donor must be aware of. Both the World Health Organization (WHO) and the European Union maintain rules and regulations regarding donation. In addition, almost every country receiving donations has its own medical device legislation and import laws.

According to WHO principles, all medical devices must meet the safety and performance requirements specified by the manufacturer. In addition to the manufacturer’s requirements, the equipment must meet the requirements and standards of international organizations such as the International Organization for Standardization (ISO), the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) and the European Union. If devices are found to be defective or not approved, the devices must not be donated.

In Europe, the European Union is responsible for regulating medical devices. The regulations and regulations concerning medical devices are the Medical Devices Directive 93/42 / EEC, which is still in force, and the Implantable Medical Devices Directive 90/385 / EEC. The new Medical Device Regulation (MD Regulation) 2017/745 / EU and 2017/746 / EU, published in 2017. The EU Medical Device Regulation states that the manufacturer of a device is the entity that either manufactures or refurbishes the device completely. In both cases, the device must comply with the requirements of the regulation. In this case, the lifespan of the device starts again.