Environmental Sustainability of Medical Devices: Challenges & Opportunities

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Medical waste has hit the headlines during the Covid-19 pandemic, with billions of tonnes of single-use PPE and diagnostic paraphernalia going to incineration or landfill. A heavy user of single-use products, the healthcare industry, has relatively recently awakened to the environmental impact of this. In this webinar, we will be discussing with experts about the challenges, solutions and opportunities for higher environmental sustainability in manufacturing technologies for single-used medical devices.

By tackling sustainability at the design stage, SMEs could develop products with lower environmental footprint, respecting current or forthcoming regulations, and answering customer demands.

The webinar will:

- Provide an overview of environmental issues in the field of medical devices

- Describe the opportunities brought about by bioplastics

- Explain what is a Life Cycle Assessment and how it can be used by companies to better their environmental sustainability and lower their carbon footprint

- Present innovative sustainable medical devices

Confirmed Speakers:

- Constance Ißbrücker, European Bioplastics e.V., Germany

- Stuart Coles, University of Warwick, UK

- Alfredo Ongaro, ICFO – The Institute of Photonic Sciences, Spain

- Lena Stig, Swedish Environmental Protection Agency, Sweden

This webinar will be of interest to researchers and manufacturers with experience of developing medical devices, medical device businesses seeking the latest perspectives on environmental sustainability and end users from the healthcare industry.

Details for joining the webinar via Zoom will be provided following registration.

MDMC is jointly funded by the 2014-2020 European Regional Development Fund, the Edinburgh and South East Scotland City Deal and Heriot-Watt University.

Published on: 17 May 2021