Appropriate measures for permitted facilities that take healthcare waste

Closed 15 Jul 2019

Opened 3 Jun 2019

Results Updated 31 Jul 2019

This consultation is now closed. 

Thank you to those who responded.

We will be publishing a summary of the consultation responses in approximately 12 weeks time.  Please check back then.

In the interim, if you have any questions please contact:

Hazardous Waste Treatment and Transfer Team
Telephone: 03708 506 506


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Currently, appropriate measures and standards for permitted facilities that take healthcare waste for treatment or transfer are set out in published technical guidance note EPR 5.07 Clinical Waste (January 2011). The proposed guidance, which this consultation is for, will replace the original guidance note and will be available as web guidance on the .GOV website.

The proposed guidance aims to deliver improvements in the design and operation of permitted facilities in the healthcare waste sector and ensure that, where relevant, appropriate measures are applied consistently. The guidance also incorporates the relevant requirements of the waste treatment BAT Conclusions publication, made under the European Industrial Emission Directive (2010/75/EU), which apply to waste installation facilities permitted under the Directive.


Why We Are Consulting

The purpose of this consultation is to engage with relevant stakeholders to obtain their views on the proposed technical guidance, which sets out appropriate measures for permitted facilities that transfer or treat healthcare waste and replaces existing guidance EPR 5.07 Clinical Waste (January 2011).

Click this link (or the hyperlinks above) to access the proposed guidance: Environment Agency healthcare waste guidance draft for consultation

Alternatively you can download this document at the bottom of this page.

Responding To The Consultation

Please click on the 'Respond online' link below to answer the consultation questions. 

However, if you prefer, you can submit your response by email or post by downloading the response form (below) and sending it to:

Hazardous Waste Treatment and Transfer
Environment Agency
Trentside Office
Scarrington Road

Or email:


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