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Review of Technical Environmental Purchasing Resources

In 2011, Practice Greenhealth launched the Greening the Supply Chain® Initiative, which provides a common set of tools and resources for purchasers, suppliers and manufacturers and will help drive a sector-wide market shift towards the availability of environmentally preferable products (EPP) and services that are cost competitive and of comparable quality to competing products and services. We are working on a number of tools to support this effort.

Members have the opportunity to participate in the development of these EPP resources.  Technical resources open for comment are listed below. As a Practice Greenhealth member and technical expert, please take the opportunity to provide comments.

Current Review Opportunities

Standardized Environmental Questions for Health Care

The first milestone of the Greening the Supply Chain® Initiative was development of a tool, the Standardized Environmental Questions for Medical Products - Version 1, which can be used to guide the identification, selection, and purchase of environmentally preferable medical products. Practice Greenhealth and its members continue this collaborative work. Similar environmental quidelines covering electronic products (those that plug in or have a battery) are being proposed. We are currently gathering input from stakeholders dedicated to improving the availability of environmentally preferable products and services that are cost effective and reduce the environmental/public health footprint of the health care sector.

How to Participate

To provide comments, download and save the file below. Use track changes in Microsoft Word to make edits and comments. Submit comments to gsc@practicegreenhealth.org. Comments received in other formats will not be accepted. Comments must be received by the deadlines indicated in order to be considered. Please include the names, credentials, titles and affiliations of reviewers.

All submittals will be reviewed by Practice Greenhealth and the group purchasing organizations (GPOs) who are participating in this process. Calls may be scheduled for clarification of any comments. The GPOs work through a consensus-based process to determine the final set of questions. The draft timeline for release of these questions is April, 2013, with full implementation in GPO processes by October, 2013.

Draft Standardized Environmental Questions for Electronics in Health Care  Deadline for comments November 9, 2012

EPP Specifications for Health Care

Providing product-specific resources on the environmental attributes of health care products and services is critical to Greening the Supply Chain®. Hospitals specify a variety of materials used in their products, however they may not be aware of environmental considerations, as few exist for health care products. In an on-going effort, environmental purchasing specifications are proposed for review and comment to provide the tools for purchasers who want to specify products that have reduced environmental and human health impact for their facilities.

How to Participate

To provide comments, download and save the file(s) below. Use track changes in Microsoft Word to make edits and comments. Submit comments to gsc@practicegreenhealth.org. Comments received in other formats will not be accepted. Comments must be received by the deadline indicated in order to be considered. Please include the names, credentials, titles and affiliations of reviewers.

All submittals received will be evaluated by Practice Greenhealth and other partners who are participating in this process. Calls may be scheduled for clarification of submitted comments.

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