EPA Final Rule for Hazardous Waste Pharmaceuticals and Nicotine Exemption

Product Id : FDA139
Instructor : Marge McFarlane
Aug 28, 2019 1:00 PM ET | 12:00 PM CT | 10:00 AM PT | 60 Minutes


The Hazardous waste regulations enacted by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in the late 1970’s have always provided challenges for healthcare. The rules were written for industry with several major waste streams whereas healthcare has multiple smaller waste streams from multiple departments.

The updated EPA rules create regulations that are a better fit for the healthcare sector.The rules eliminate the intentional sewering of hazardous waste pharmaceuticals by all covered/newly defined “healthcare entities,” including among others, medical clinics, long term care facilities, ambulance services, retail pharmacies, dental, chiropractic clinics and veterinary clinics/hospitals.

The rules reduce overlapping regulations (e.g., Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The goal is to provide regulatory clarity and national consistency on how Resource Conservation Recovery Act (RCRA) applies to reverse distribution and reverse logistics. Sub Part P of the EPA rule will provide regulatory relief to healthcare facilities that are strictly regulated as large quantity generators even when generating small amounts of nicotine replacement therapies.

The webinar will provide updated information on the nicotine exemption proposed by the revised EPA rules, timelines for adoption of the new rules and discussion of the hazardous waste sewer ban that will be effective in all states on August 21, 2019.

Session Highlight:

  • Identify the goals of the new pharmaceutical rule
  • List effective dates and states timeline for adoption
  • Discuss the adoption for change in nicotine listing
  • Define elements of Part 266 Subpart P" including the EPA definition of "healthcare facilities" and sewer ban

Who Will Benefit:

  • Pharmacy directors
  • Regulatory Managers
  • Compliance Managers
  • Legal Professionals
  • Supply chain management personnel
  • Health Clinics
  • Veterinary clinics/hospitals
  • Long term care administrators
  • Wholesale distributors
  • Retail pharmacies
Speaker Profile:

Marge McFarlane, PhD, MT (ASCP), CHFM, CJCP, CHSP, HEM, MEP, brings over 40 years of comprehensive experience in the environment of care, life safety, emergency management and infection prevention for construction. McFarlane has authored handbooks on the GHS update to the OSHA Hazard Communication Standard and OSHA training for Medical Facilities. She is a frequent presenter for seminars, regional conferences, and audio conferences on OSHA topics, infection prevention, hazardous materials/RCRA waste streams and emergency management. She is currently working with healthcare systems and clinics nationally to identify and mitigate risks in the physical environment.

McFarlane holds a PhD in Safety Engineering and master’s degrees in Environmental and Public Health (ENPH) from the UW – Eau Claire and Risk Control from the UW–Stout. She is a member of the Wisconsin Healthcare Engineering Association (WHEA) Code Committee, the American Society of Healthcare Engineers (ASHE) and the International Association for Healthcare Security and Safety (IAHSS).  She is a FEMA Master Exercise Practitioner and has served as a healthcare subject matter expert for regional, state and national exercises.

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