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HSCA, Group Purchasing Industry Endorse Landmark Environmental Tool From Practice Greenhealth to Help Guide Selection and Procurement of Environmentally Preferable Products for Hospitals
Date:10/13/2011

WASHINGTON, Oct. 13, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- The Healthcare Supply Chain Association (HSCA) today announced at its annual International Expo that it has endorsed the Practice Greenhealth "Standardized Environmental Questions for Medical Products," which can be used to guide the identification, selection and procurement of environmentally preferable medical products. The tool is a significant part of Practice Greenhealth's Greening the Supply Chain™ Initiative, which the organization launched earlier this year to provide a common set of tools for purchasers, suppliers and manufacturers to ensure that environmentally preferable products (EPP) are available, cost competitive, of comparable quality and generate a sector-wide market shift in the direction of sound EPP practices.

"Group purchasing organizations are not only healthcare industry leaders in delivering the best, most innovative products at the best value to American hospitals, but also in zealously advocating for the adoption and utilization of global standards to ensure that safer products and services benefit patients, hospitals and the environment," said HSCA President Curtis Rooney. "HSCA and the group purchasing industry are proud to work with Practice Greenhealth to further address critical issues of product safety and environmental sustainability in the healthcare supply chain. Our members commit to using this invaluable tool as part of the product evaluation and procurement process, and in our industry-wide efforts to reduce our environmental footprint."

The Practice Greenhealth tool will serve as a template containing standardized questions on key environmentally preferable attributes of medical products that can be used by all stakeholders, including GPOs and healthcare purchasers in their supply chain procurement process, and manufacturers and suppliers in their entire product life cycle process.

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