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FAQ: EPA Final Rule on Hazardous Waste Pharmaceuticals

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Effective August 21, 2019, healthcare facilities and other businesses that generate pharmaceutical hazardous waste are required to manage those products according to the provisions of the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Management Standards for Hazardous Waste Pharmaceuticals (HWP) and Amendment to the P075 Listing for Nicotine Final Rule.

  • Why did the EPA update the Hazardous Waste Pharmaceutical Rule?
  • Does the Final Rule apply to dental practices?
  • Which pharmaceuticals are considered hazardous waste under the Final Rule?
  • How does the Final Rule define “pharmaceuticals?” Are dental amalgam or sharps included?
  • What does my practice need to do to comply with the Final Rule?
  • Are there penalties for non-compliance?
  • Does the Final Rule impact hazardous waste pharmaceuticals that the practice disposes of via reverse distributors?
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