A lot of things are happening in the world of plasticisers and medical devices. In fact, it seems as if 2017 will be a decisive year for the use of DEHP in PVC-based medical devices. In an interview filmed at PVC 2017 in Brighton, Vice President of Regulatory Affairs/Advocacy at BASF
Dr. Rainer Otter explains the regulatory landscape around DEHP and its alternatives. According to Dr. Otter the new European Pharmacopeia in combination with the recently adopted EU Medical Device Regulation and the REACH regulatory framework will push out DEHP from medical devices.
Read more about plasticisers in medical applications
Vinyl meets all functional requirements in hospitals. Especially in wet laboratories vinyl flooring is a popular choice. The material is non-slip and can withstand continued exposure to water and chemicals.
PVC – ideal for nursing training
The surface structure of human skin and PVC are much alike, which makes IV training very realistic.
Hygiene challenges in hospitals
Good hygiene is imperative to any hospital environment. Vinyl flooring combines unique hygienic properties with low cost.
How is it going with DEHP replacement in medical devices?
PVCMed Alliance went to Exposanità in Italy to find out. The answer: DEHP replacement is happening fast.
Why vinyl flooring is popular in hospitals
PVC, which is also known as vinyl, is not only the most used plastic material for disposable medical devices. Vinyl flooring is found in healthcare facilities all around the world. In this short interview, a flooring manufacturer explains why vinyl is used for hospital flooring.
DEHP-free future for PVC medical devices is nearing fast
The replacement of DEHP is happening fast according to this PVC medical compounder. Already now, almost 70% of his company's customers have switched from DEHP to a DEHP-free plasticiser – most namely DEHT, TOTM & DINCH. The compounder foresees that in the near future the plasticiser will be substituted completely.
How colourful vinyl coverings improve patient treatment
Italian designer Sally Galotti
has a mission. She wants to improve patient treatment. Her tool is to put colourful adhesive vinyl decals on otherwise grey and dull hospital walls. By that she helps to relieve stress from e.g. breast cancer examinations and makes the working environment better for staff.
PVCMed at Exposanità
Recap from PVCMed Alliance's visit to Exposanità in Bologna where Project Manager Ole Grøndahl Hansen held a presentation on the many uses of PVC in healthcare.
The Curious Patient: PVC in Healthcare
Have you ever wondered why there is so much plastics in hospitals? Watch this short video to find out.
Vinyl in Hospitals
The video explains why vinyl and hospital interiors are a perfect match. The material gives architects free rein, and ensures patient safety, low cost and environmental responsibility. Also available on Youtube
as a booklet
Vinyl in Hospitals - short version
50-second version. Also available on Youtube
Alternatives to Classified Phthalates in PVC Medical Devices
Watch interviews from the 2014 conference on alternatives to classified phthalates in PVC medical devices, co-organised by PVCMed Alliance. Interviewees are PVCMed Alliance spokesperson Brigitte Dero, member of the European Parliament Christel Schaldemose, Director General of the Danish Medical Device Industry Association Peter Huntley, Head of Secretariat at the Danish Ecological Christian Ege, PVCMed Alliance project manager Ole Grøndahl Hansen, and Chief Executive of Vinyl Council Australia Sophi MacMillan.
Are there any alternatives to classified phthalates for medical devices?
Watch Ole Grøndahl Hansen, Christel Schaldemose, Christian Ege and Sophi MacMillan respond to the question "are there any alternatives to classified phthalates for medical devices?"
Report on alternatives to classified phthalates in medical devices
Danish Environmental Protection Agency chemist Shima Dobel, Ole Grøndahl Hansen, Sophi MacMillan, Christel Schaldemose, Peter Huntley, Christian Ege and Brigitte Dero on the report on alternatives to classified phthalates in medical devices by the Danish Environmental Protection Agency.