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China To Implement Administration Standards Of Pharmaceutical Wastes

This article was originally published in PharmAsia News

Executive Summary

China put into effect its latest updated catalog of national hazardous wastes on Aug. 1. This second environmental protection regulation involves the discharge standard of pollutants for the pharmaceutical industry and will include pharmaceutical industrial waste gases. The new catalog classifies hazardous pharmaceutical wastes into four categories: causticity, toxicity, flammability, as well as reactivity and infection. Pharmaceutical wastes (HW02), drug wastes and drugs (HW03) now come under toxic hazardous wastes. Experts point out that pharmaceutical companies will be subjected to more environmental regulations. Even though not mandatory, many firms have set up environmental protection units and the trend is catching on. (Click here for more - Chinese Language)

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