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New Requirements for Pre-Acceptance Waste Audits

From 1st October 2010 some producers of healthcare related waste have been required to assess the composition of the waste they produce and inform their waste contractor, in order to assist in its safe collection and disposal.

The Environment Agency has prioritised the applicability of this requirement, based on risk, and pharmacy contractors will be required to have completed their waste audit and submitted this to their waste contractor by 1st July 2013.  Waste contractors will be unable to collect waste from a pharmacy until it has been satisfied that an audit has been carried out, to identify the waste streams and so that it can ensure appropriate disposal.

With the assistance of the Environment Agency and The Co-operative Pharmacy, PSNC has developed a Pre-Acceptance Healthcare Waste Self-Audit Tool.  This is based upon a similar template prepared with the assistance of the Environment Agency for general practitioners.

For more information, please visit our Pre-Acceptance Waste Audit page.

Posted 27 March 2013

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