New waste rules, proposed by the EPA, are expected to create requirements for healthcare facilities regarding generation, handling and disposal of pharmaceuticals.
The implications of the proposed rules are broad and, if finalized, will lead to significant changes regarding how pharmaceutical wastes are managed by hospitals, pharmacies, nursing homes and other healthcare industries:
The EPA will accept public comment on the proposals for 60 days following publication in the Federal Register. The rule is expected to be finalized in 2016 and will be effective at the federal level six months after promulgation. Until then, the proposed rule serves as guidance to help the healthcare industry meet current RCRA requirements applicable to pharmaceuticals.
Details on these proposed rules are available online.
Management Standards for Hazardous Waste Pharmaceuticals Proposed Rule
Hazardous Waste Generator Improvements Proposed Rule
If you are interested in providing public comment to EPA in relation to the proposed rules, or have any questions, contact any member of our Environmental or Health Law Groups