Clinical waste

Clinical waste is defined in the Controlled Waste Regulations 1992. It means any waste which consists wholly or partly of:

  • human tissue
  • blood or bodily fluids
  • drugs or other pharmaceutical products
  • swabs or dressings
  • syringes, needles or other sharp instruments

These items, unless rendered safe, may be harmful to anyone coming into contact with them.

Any waste produced while a patient is treated at home by a nurse or member of the NHS is classified as the healthcare professional's waste.

If the patient treats themselves at home, the waste is considered their own. This is only considered clinical waste if a particular risk has been identified. Please note that incontinence pads and disposable nappies are not regarded as clinical waste.

How to arrange a clinical collection

If this is a new request for a clinical collection, a letter is required from a GP or hospital before it can be approved.

If you have the letter then please complete our clinical collection request form. If you do not have a letter please do not complete this application form. You will need to contact your GP to arrange for a request letter.

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