Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Update on EPA Proposed Rule on Management Standards for Hazardous Waste Pharmaceuticals

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed rule on hazardous waste pharmaceuticals disposal, published in September 2015 and originally expected to be finalized in 2016 was delayed to this year. With the new administration's "temporary suspension" of business activity for the EPA, it is not clear when the rule will be finalized.

AHCA/NCAL will continue to monitor the progress and keep members informed. The proposed rule prohibited healthcare settings, including skilled nursing centers and assisted living communities, from disposing of pharmaceuticals considered to be hazardous waste down the toilet or drain. The rule will be effective six months after it is finalized. AHCA/NCAL signed on to a joint letter with other trade associations addressing concerns in the proposed rule.

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