7. Disposal

7.1  Disposal – General


7.1 Disposal – General

7.1.1 General – Appropriate Disposal Organizations shall dispose of hazardous materials in accordance with relevant laws, regulations and good environmental practices.  Check with manufacturer on appropriate disposal procedures.  Check with Ministry of Health or equivalent entity in country in order to ensure compliance with appropriate laws and regulations.  Drugs should be separated into different categories for which different disposal methods are required.  There should be a specific plan in place for disposing of medical products.

Guidance: See examples of disposal products, i.e. biohazard, psychotropic meds, med equipment guidelines below.
Resources – 7.1 Appropriate Donation Disposal
FDA: Guidelines for Drug Disposal  Resource Type: Website The FDA Guidelines for Drug Disposal provides an overview of drug disposal issues as well as explanations of disposal methods used in the US. In addition, it provides an overview of environmental concerns related to improper disposal.
Source: Federal Drug Administration, How to Dispose of Unused Medicine.Available at: http://www.fda.gov/ForConsumers/ConsumerUpdates/ucm101653.htm#GuidelinesforDrugDisposal.  Accessed on 8/6/2013
WHO: Guidelines for Safe Disposal of Unwanted Pharmaceuticals in and after Emergencies Resource Type: PDF Report The WHO Guidelines for Safe Disposal of Unwanted Pharmaceuticals in and after Emergencies provides background, disposal method, sorting categories, and recommendations.
Source: World Health Organization. Guidelines for Safe Disposal of Unwanted Pharmaceuticals in and After Emergencies. Available at: http://www.who.int/water_sanitation_health/medicalwaste/unwantpharm.pdf. Accessed on 8/6/2013
Strategic Care: Finding an action plan for the disposal of medical waste Resource Type: Website, Report This report includes a overview of medical waste, information on developing a management strategy, recycling, and treatment/disposal options.
Source: Waste Management World.Available at: http://www.waste-management-world.com/articles/print/volume-7/issue-7/features/strategic-care-finding-an-action-plan-for-the-disposal-of-medical-waste.html . Accessed on 8/6/2013.
WHO Medical Device Regulations: Global Overview and Guiding Principles (Sections on Disposal of Medical Devices/Equipment) Resource Type: Report This resource includes the phases of a medical device, including the disposal phase. Disposal is included in each section of the document and included in detail with each phase of a medical device.
Source: WHO Medical Device Regulations: Global Overview and Guiding Principles. Available at: http://www.who.int/medical_devices/publications/en/MD_Regulations.pdf. Accessed on 8/6/2013.
Medical Waste Becoming an Increasing Problem Resource Type: News Article This United Nations article written in September 2011 discusses the problems facing the world regarding improper medical disposal.
Source: United Nations Centre, News Article. Medical waste becoming an increasing problem, UN rights expert says. Available at: http://www.un.org/apps/news/story.asp?NewsID=39543&Cr=toxic&Cr1#.UgFcAG2AmwM. Accessed on 8/6/2013
Medical Waste Disposal Guidelines Resource Type: PDF This resource includes information from a variety of sources and includes waste management, types of waste – non-medical and medical, and disposal methods.
Source: Training4Good, Available at: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1W0PRhrGHjI9937qmf7hkowcefnTnhnVHKZYrJJt5Fw4/pub