PVC or vinyl is the most used plastic for medical devices, yet remains a controversial material. Despite 20+ years of sustainable development in Europe, NGOs continues to campaign against the polymer. In his presentation at PVC Formulation 2022 in Cologne, PVCMed Alliance Project Manager Ole Grøndahl Hansen will address whether the NGOs are right in their critique of PVC.
The basis of Ole Grøndahl Hansen's presentation is a new leaflet and campaign Why PVC should remain the preferred material in healthcare and elsewhere. The main message is that things have changed since the late 1990s when Greenpeace managed to move the European PVC industry in the right direction based on scientifically sound arguments. Today’s NGOs lack scientific rigour in PVC matters and European policymakers should therefore read PVC critique from NGOs with strong reservations.