The discussion of DEHP in PVC medical devices has been ongoing for decades. As part of PVCMed’s commitment to proactively contribute to the process of substituting the plasticiser, the Alliance provided data to the Danish Environmental Protection Agency’s new report on alternatives to DEHP in PVC medical devices. The report analysed ten alternative plasticisers, which are already in use in some medical devices, for their health and environmental profiles. While numerous alternatives showed better toxicological profiles to DEHP, the presentations and discussions also showed how substitution is a complicated matter.
Today, in the House of Industry in Copenhagen, the report was the focus of an international conference organized by the PVCMed Alliance, the Danish EPA and the Danish Health and Medicine’s Authority. With broad participation of PVC medical device value chain representatives and external stakeholders, the conference outlined the general societal agreement to phase out classified substances from medical devices, but at a controlled pace, where patient safety is never compromised.
The conference featured a presentation on PVCMed Alliance’s activities by project manager Ole Grøndahl Hansen.