The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently published a guide to help healthcare facilities managers comply with hazardous waste regulations as they apply to pharmaceutical waste.
A 10-Step Blueprint for Managing Pharmaceutical Waste in US Healthcare Facilities is a comprehensive and practical guide that helps healthcare facilities, including hospitals, surgery centers and urgent care facilities, understand the applicable regulations so they can develop a compliant, holistic and cost-effective pharmaceutical waste management program.
The primary focus is to help healthcare facilities understand EPA’s hazardous waste regulations under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) as they apply to hazardous waste pharmaceuticals, but other related regulations are also discussed.
The original document was published in 2006 and was updated in 2008.
The 10 Steps listed in the document are:
A 10-Step Blueprint for Managing Pharmaceutical Waste in US Healthcare Facilities (PDF file) is available from EPA. Look for more related information on EPA’s Management of Hazardous Waste Pharmaceuticals.