Library

In this library you can find PVC-related publications made available in partnership with affiliate VinylPlus.

PVCMed Alliance Leaflet

PVCMed Alliance Leaflet

Information leaflet about PVCMed Alliance.

Printed version is also available. Please write info@pvcmed.org for copies.

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10 key reasons to choose PVC in healthcare applications

10 Key Reasons to Choose PVC in Healthcare Applications

High safety, limitless design possibilities and full recyclability are just some of the reasons why PVC and healthcare applications are a perfect match.

Printed brochure is also available. Please write info@pvcmed.org for copies.

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On the Road to Sustainability: The Ongoing Progress of VinylPlus

On the Road to Sustainability: The Ongoing Progress of VinylPlus

Read about how the European PVC value chain managed to take the journey from being severely criticised to become a role model for how industry can achieve sustainable change.

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Vinyl in hospitals booklet

Vinyl in Hospitals Booklet

PVC is not only an excellent choice for medical devices. In this colourful and richly illustrated booklet, you can read about the many ways in which PVC contributes to state-of-the-art hospital interiors. To acquire printed copies, please write info@pvcmed.org.

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Understanding the Basics: How Acid Gases from PVC Energy Recovery are Neutralized

Understanding the Basics: How Acid Gases from PVC Energy Recovery are Neutralized

Recycling of PVC benefits environment and economy, and through the VinylPlus program recycling rates are increasing year after year. The EU Waste Hierarchy favors incineration over landfilling. Thus, non-recyclable PVC waste should be incinerated with energy recovery. Like all other wastes containing chlorine, e.g. salty foods, PVC generates the acid gas hydrogen chloride (HCl) when combusted in municipal waste incinerators. Yet in modern incineration plants, flue gas cleaning technologies ensure that HCl is neutralized and not emitted into the atmosphere.

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Understanding the Basics - How Regulation and Industry Innovation Have Eliminated Dioxin Emissions From PVC Production and Waste Incineration

Understanding the Basics: How Regulation and Industry Innovation Have Eliminated Dioxin Emissions from PVC Production and Waste Incineration

In a recent scientific study carried out under the direction of professor Alfons Buekens, over 200 studies on PVC and dioxins in combustion and fires are re- viewed. The overall conclusion is that PVC does not represent a problem in modern municipal solid waste incinerators. Likewise, the European PVC industry accounts for negligible 0.1 % of the total dioxins emitted by human activities. The only remaining issue related to PVC and dioxins is uncontrolled burning of waste, a practice that should be eliminated anyway for reasons unrelated to PVC.

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DEHP in Medical Devices: Risks Still Unclear After Decades of EU Scientific Scrutiny

DEHP in Medical Devices: Risks Still Unclear After Decades of EU Scientific Scrutiny

Are medical devices containing DEHP-plasticized PVC or other plasticizers safe for neonates and other groups possibly at risk? That is the key question which authorities have sought to answer for the last several decades. This article compares the three opinions – the latest in 2015 – by the EU scientific committees. The bottom line: medical devices containing DEHP save lives and should therefore not be avoided. However, phthalate exposure should be reduced as much as possible.

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When Plastics Revolutionized Healthcare: Medical Devices in a Historical Perspective

When Plastics Revolutionized Healthcare: Medical Devices in a Historical Perspective

Read about why plastics, and PVC in particular, outflanked medical devices made of metal, glass and ceramics in the middle of the 20th century.

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