New GPP criteria for the Health Care Sector released
This month, new EU GPP criteria for Electrical and Electronic Equipment used in the Health Care Sector, have been published on the website of the European Commission. The criteria have been developed by the Swedish Environmental Management Council SEMCo together with DG Environment. Extensive cooperation with a broad range of stakeholders from industry, NGOs, procurement and academia was also undertaken. These voluntary criteria include requirements for 26 types of energy-using equipment used in hospitals and medical cabinets such as MRI scanners, ultra-sound machines, etc. Their main focus is on energy efficiency as it represents the biggest environmental impact with very significant saving potential.
The criteria, however, also look at other aspects, including training of staff and the management of chemicals. During the criteria development process test methods (where not yet existing) have been developed to enable procurers to compare products’ energy use. This allows the identification of the best tender according to economic and environmental requirements, while ensuring the safety and welfare of patients as well as that of medical staff, technicians and maintenance personnel. The guidance is currently available in English and Swedish. Translations into all EU languages are expected to be available in the second semester of 2014.
The European Commission (2014, June). GPP News-Alert. The European Commission. Retrieved from http://ec.europa.eu