Nebojša Tomašević, Manager of Sales and Marketing at Miteco Kneževac, attended the professional consultation meeting held on 19-20 May in Sremski Karlovci entitled "Pharmaceutical and medical waste and sustainable development".
This meeting brought together prominent experts from medical institutions and the pharmaceutical industry, as well as representatives from the Ministry of Health, the Ministry of Agriculture and Environmental Protection, The Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Serbia, The Institute of Public Health and other relevant institutions.
This meeting also brought up numerous issues and initiated discussions on adequate management of pharmaceutical and medical waste streams in the Republic of Serbia.
Presented at the meeting were amendments of a part of the Law on Management of Pharmaceutical and Medical Waste which clearly defines the role of pharmacies and operators in the waste management system. Pointed out were the harmful effects on human health and the environment of inadequate disposal of these categories of waste. Also presented were numerous technical innovations for disposal of hazardous pharmaceutical and medical waste, with financially cost-effective handling of waste and waste disposal.
By citing examples of good practices, Miteco’s representative presented methods of packaging, labelling, temporary storage and permanent disposal of these categories of waste in facilities abroad.
In Serbia, approximately 85% of pharmaceutical and medical waste is exported to EU countries. At the present moment, there are no means for funding the construction of facilities in Serbia which would enable adequate disposal of such waste in our country. For this reason, it is important to do everything possible to raise awareness of the need for adequate waste management which would enable disposal and storage of waste in compliance with all the EU standards, in which case the waste would not wind up in dumps and landfills where it presents a hazard to human health and the environment.
Emphasis at this conference was placed on the need for spreading public awareness of environmental issues, promotion of environment protection values and putting in place system based solutions for waste management. With this in view, texts of the Rules on Pharmaceutical Waste Management and Rules on Medical Waste Management were proposed.