Reverse Distributor: HAZ Pharma Flow Chart

EPA Disposal Guidelines in Iowa have changed regarding hazardous pharmaceutical waste. Don’t worry. It’s a good thing – and a better fit for healthcare. It will provide regulatory relief for hospitals and other large quantity generators of hazardous waste pharmaceuticals. Part of this sweeping legislation is 40 CFR 266 Subpart P. Below is are recap of this federal ruling, who needs to comply, and how.

The new EPA rules became effective August 21, 2019 in Iowa, Alaska, the US Territories, and the Indian Country.

If you’re unsure of whether or not your facility is a “healthcare facility” under this new rule, please consult with your local regulator.

Iowa First to Adopt New EPA Rules                                                                                                                             

All other states have some leeway (until July 2021) when they adopt these new federal regulations. This chart gives an idea of the timing of when it may take place, such as in Wisconsin and Illinois. Note that some states’ current regulations may actually be even more stringent than the new EPA laws, and will follow those instead.

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EPA Sewer Ban

Healthcare facilities have long disposed of hazardous pharmaceutical waste by flushing it down the drain or toilet. No more, says the EPA. Effective August 21, 2019, the EPA Sewer Ban will require facilities to find an alternative means of disposing RCRA hazardous pharmaceutical waste, such as through a licensed treatment facility like MERI. If you work for or manage a healthcare facility, here’s what you need to know to get in compliance with the new EPA Sewer Ban.