Why was the recycling of PVC medical devices established?

Sophi MacMillan from the Vinyl Council of Australia explains why hospitals in Australia and New Zealand decided to implement recycling schemes for PVC-based medical devices.

How can recycling of PVC medical devices help with education?

Interview with Delanie Bezuidenhout, PVC specialist, Adcock Ingram, who explains how used PVC IV bags are turned into school shoes for disadvantaged children in South Africa.

La patient curieux – le PVC dans les soins de santé

PVC recycling in hospitals – 3 reasons for success

Sophi MacMillan, Chief Executive, Vinyl Council of Australia, explains why the PVC recovery scheme in Australia and New Zealand has become so successful that is now in place in more than 170 hospitals.

PVC recycling in hospitals – about the programme

Circular economy in action: More than 170 hospitals in Australia and New Zealand collect PVC-based medical devices for recycling into useful products. Watch Vinyl Council of Australia’s Chief Executive Sophi MacMillan explain the background of the successful scheme.

PVC recycling in hospitals – sorting setup

PVC-based medical devices such as oxygen mask and tubing are collected across 170 hospitals in Australia and New Zealand. The waste is sorted at ward-level to ensure a clean, high-quality PVC waste stream to manufacture a range of useful products.

PVC recycling in hospitals – from waste to product

PVC recycler Welvic Australia explains how used PVC medical devices are turned into useful products.

PVC medical recycling in Australia and New Zealand

Recycling of PVC-based medical devices has been ongoing in Australia and New Zealand since 2009. In the last four years, the number of hospitals and healthcare facilities enrolled in the programme has grown from 25 to around 170. The recycling activity is mainly driven staff, who already recycle plastics at home. They find it a natural progression to do it at their workplace. Due to the success of the programme, PVC recycling is now part of the training to become a nurse in Australia.

The recyclate is mainly used for industrial hose and safety floor mats, which are used in the working environment.

Challenges and opportunities of DEHP replacement

It is not easy to switch from one plasticiser to another in medical devices. In the video Dr. Martin Stimpson from our member company Eastman explains the challenges of replacing DEHP in medical devices. One of the barriers is cost and time: it is a lengthy and expensive process, one that can take several years and cost up to €500,000-600,000 per device. However, there also opportunities in DEHP replacement, not least related to recycling of medical devices.

Read more about plasticisers in medical applications.

Regulatory update on DEHP in medical devices

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.

Functional flooring in PVC

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.