NewGen Surgical Awarded First GreenScreen Certification for Medical Supplies & Devices
Clean Production Action, a nonprofit organization that aims to design and deliver strategic solutions for green chemicals, sustainable materials, and environmentally preferable products, recently unveiled the first GreenScreen Certified Standard for Medical Supplies & Devices, developed by healthcare providers, medical product manufacturers, scientists, and environmental groups. NewGen Surgical is the first company to achieve the GreenScreen Certified Standard for medical supplies and devices.
The standard applies to a wide range of both consumable and durable products used in healthcare, such as bandages, gauze, home healthcare supplies, catheters, blood pressure cuffs, surgical gloves, bedpans, crutches, hospital beds, and wheelchairs. It details criteria that manufacturers must meet to prove that their products do not contain chemicals with known negative impacts to human health and the environment. To demonstrate adherence to the standard, manufacturers will have to meet testing requirements and utilize a third-party analytical lab.
NewGen Surgical’s surgical ring basin received a Bronze+ certification. The basin is sustainably designed with a 100% renewable biobased material free of intentionally added BPA or BPA-derived plastics, mercury, phthalates, PVC, and PFAs, and reduces CO2 by 80%.
NewGen Surgical’s co-founder Robert Chase noted in prepared remarks that his company is on a mission to lead the healthcare sector in the transition to OR products that eliminate plastic and are free of chemicals of concern. “The GreenScreen certification process provides product transparency for consumers and a roadmap for manufacturers. We will be pursuing GreenScreen certification for all NewGen Surgical products, and this initial certification is a great start,” he stated.