From 1st October 2010 some producers of healthcare related waste have been required to assess the composition of the waste they produce and inform their waste contractor, in order to assist in its safe collection and disposal.
The Environment Agency has prioritised the applicability of this requirement, based on risk, pharmacy contractors will be required to have completed their waste audit and submitted this to their waste contractor by 1st July 2013. Waste contractors will be unable to collect waste from a pharmacy until it has been satisfied that an audit has been carried out, to identify the waste streams and so that it can ensure appropriate disposal.
PSNC has developed a briefing and an audit toolkit, this was developed with the close involvement of the Environment Agency. Click on the link below to access the detail on the PSNC website.
The LPC would encourage you to look at this as soon as possible.