New GPP criteria for the Health Care Sector available in all EU languages
In June 2014, the Commission has published new EU GPP criteria for Electrical and Electronic Equipment used in the Health Care Sector, together with an accompanying Technical Background Report. The criteria have been developed by the Swedish Environmental Management Council SEMCo together with DG Environment, including extensive cooperation with a broad range of stakeholders from industry, NGOs, procurement and health care professionals and academia. These voluntary criteria include requirements for 20 product groups consisting of different types of energy-using equipment used in hospitals and medical cabinets such as MRI scanners, ultra-sound machines and disinfectors.
Their main focus is on energy efficiency as it represents the biggest environmental impact with partially very significant saving potentials. The criteria, however, also look at other aspects, including training of staff and the management of chemicals. In the 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 criteria are now available in all EU languages.
The European Commission (2014, September). European Commission: GPP Latest News; Retrieved from http://ec.europa.eu/environment/gpp/index_en.htm