Veterinary Compliance Assistance
Veterinary Compliance Assistance - VetCA

This site provides pollution prevention and compliance assistance information for the veterinary sector. It is intended to be a comprehensive resource, covering all the varieties of veterinary hospital wastes, and all the rules that apply to them, including both federal regulations and the specific rules that apply in your state. If you see any topics that are not covered, or if you have any suggestions for making this site more useful, please let us know.

This web site was developed and is maintained by the National Center for Manufacturing Sciences under the National Compliance Assistance Centers program. Funding for this project has been provided by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. A portion of the content for this website was provided through the professional resources of the American Veterinary Medical Association. For more information, or to pass along suggestions, please contact: Bill Chenevert, Administrative Director, (734) 995-7989.

What's New on VetCA

The items highlighted here, include some human healthcare resources that may be also be useful for veterinary clinics.


ETO Update. After February 28, 2010, a single chamber process is required for ethylene oxide (ETO) treatment of medical equipment and devices in hospitals and healthcare facilities. More ...


Spill Prevention, Control, and Countermeasure (SPCC). On Nov. 5, 2009 EPA promulgated revisions to the December 2008 amendments. Regulated facilities must develop and implement SPCC Plans that establish procedures and equipment requirements to help prevent oil discharges from reaching navigable waters. More...


Sustainable Healthcare. Current information and breaking news on sustainable practices, conferences/ workshops, and MLB maintained by Virginia Thompson, winner of the 2009 Federal Women's Program Heroine Award.


 


Healthcare in New England. A guide to environmental resources and assistance for hospitals and other healthcare facilities.

EPA proposes to add Hazardous Pharmaceutical Waste to Universal Waste Rule. See Fact Sheet.


Disposal of Unused Medications
—Advice for Households

This fact sheet provides guidance to private citizens on ways to safely dispose of unused medications.


Epinephrine Fact Sheet: This fact sheet provides information to assist healthcare facilities with hazardous waste determinations regarding epinephrine wastes (PO42). For Information on state rules, download PharmWaste Technologies state summary.



VetCA has special pages covering your state's rules for the following topics:

RCRA/Hazardous Waste | Universal Waste | Regulated Medical Waste | OSHA | Mercury | Air Pollution | Asbestos


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News & Events
  • 03/25/14 State fines hospital over medical waste disposal [more ]
  • 01/31/14 EPA's 2014 Proposal to Address the Management of Hazardous Waste Pharmaceuticals [more ]

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Disclaimer
The information contained in this site is provided for your review and convenience. It is not intended to provide legal advice with respect to any federal, state, or local regulation. You should consult with legal counsel and appropriate authorities before interpreting any regulations or undertaking any specific course of action.

Please note that many of the regulatory discussions on VetCA refer to federal regulations. In many cases, states or local governments have promulgated relevant rules and standards that are different and/or more stringent than the federal regulations. Therefore, to assure full compliance, you should investigate and comply with all applicable federal, state and local regulations.