PVC – an essential material for 21st century healthcare

For over 60 years, PVC medical devices have allowed patients and healthcare professionals to access an ever-widening range of medical applications for screening, diagnosis, treatment and care, with optimal technical performance, safety and comfort in use. Vinyl (another word for PVC) offers excellent durability, chemical resistance, low maintenance costs and affordability, which have made the plastic material a top choice when it comes to flooring, wall covering and other key elements of hygienic healthcare facilities.

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PVC is the material of choice in many healthcare applications. Click on the icons to learn more about PVC's fundamental role in 21st-century healthcare.


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Did you know PVC-based medical devices can be recycled?


News

03/11/2021

PRSE 2021: Enabling a safe transition to circular healthcare thanks to PVC

Plastics-based medical devices and equipment are essential to safe and efficient healthcare. Many of these devices, used once with no contact with patients or in contact […]
18/10/2021

VinylPlus® Med accelerates sustainability in Belgian healthcare

VinylPlus® Med officially launches its pilot medical PVC recycling scheme in Belgium. Aimed at accelerating sustainability in healthcare across Europe through the recycling of discarded single-use […]
17/09/2021

Plastics are essential to patient (and health worker) safety – here’s why

17 September marks World Patient Safety Day, a day organised by the World Health Organization to put focus on the fundamental principle of medicine – first, […]
15/09/2021

Recyclable PVC to remain polymer of choice for medical devices

Market study shows PVC is the most used polymer for single use medical devices and will retain its position in the years to come. The high […]

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About us

PVCMed Alliance is The European Council of Vinyl Manufacturers'​ value chain platform to raise awareness and promote informed decisions about the use of PVC in healthcare. The Alliance was established in 2012.

Our vision

The vision that informs the PVCMed Alliance’s work is of a healthcare environment that best benefits patients and healthcare professionals. Such an environment offers the finest PVC-based products and applications with the required properties and excellence needed to provide top quality health care while being environmentally sustainable.

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PVC recycling in hospitals

Hospitals use a lot of single-use PVC-based medical devices every day. Besides being safe and affordable, PVC is easily recyclable and keeps its technical properties through numerous recycling cycles. Also, many of the devices are used on non-infectious patients. These advantages have led to the set-up of medical devices recycling systems in the healthcare sector in several countries.


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The Curious Patient: PVC in Healthcare

Watch this short video to learn more about the importance of plastics, especially PVC, in modern healthcare


When plastics revolutionised healthcare

Did you know that PVC-based medical devices have been used safely for over 60 years?

Today, plastics is the primary choice for disposable medical devices, allowing patients and healthcare professionals to benefit from the material’s excellent technical properties on a daily basis. But in fact, it is only quite recently that plastics have replaced medical devices made of metal, glass and ceramics.