Medical waste at infectious and assimilated risks are the medical waste which :
• Either pose a risk of infection, due to the fact that they contain viable microorganisms or their toxins, which are know or reliably believed by their type, quantity and metabolism to cause disease in humans or other living organisms ;
• Or, even in the absence of risk of infection, fall under one the following categories : 1. Sharps waste, which may or may not have been in contact with biological product; 2. Partially used or expired therapeutic blood products; 3. Human anatomical waste, representing non-identifiable human body parts.
The regulations stipulate the IMW follow the appropriate specialised stream.