“Australia has a general preference for having one set of criteria to govern used equipment destined for failure analysis, repair and refurbishment as a non-waste, rather than have sector-specific groupings of conditions.
We appreciate that transboundary movement of used equipment for failure analysis, repair and refurbishment is an important aspect of the business model for the medical sector. The considerable benefits from this trade (eg., for patients, the environment) makes it important that any criteria proposed for the technical guidelines allow legitimate trade in this equipment to continue in an economic and efficient manner.”
From 2-3 of response by Australia to Basel Secretariat. 2015. ‘Decision BC-12/5 | Technical Guidelines on Transboundary Movements of Electrical and Electronic Waste and Used Electrical and Electronic Equipment, in Particular Regarding the Distinction between Waste and Non-Waste under the Basel Convention’. http://www.basel.int/TheConvention/ConferenceoftheParties/Meetings/COP12/tabid/4248/mctl/ViewDetails/EventModID/8051/EventID/542/xmid/13027/Default.aspx.