Medical Waste Management

The Medical Waste Management Act (Division 104, Part 14 California Health and Safety Code) established the permitting of facilities that generate medical waste. The generator must develop a Medical Waste Management Plan that ensures the proper handling, storage, and disposal of medical waste.

As defined in Section 117690 of the California Health and Safety Code, Medical Waste is defined as meeting both of the following requirements:

  1. Waste is generated or produced as a result of any of the following actions:

    1. Diagnosis, treatment or immunization of humans or animals
    2. Research pertaining to the activities specified in (a)
    3. Production or testing of biologicals
    4. Accumulation of properly contained home generated sharps waste
    5. Removal of a regulated waste from a trauma scene by a trauma scene waste management practicioner.
  2. The waste is either of the following:

    1. Biohazardous waste
    2. Sharps waste

Pharmaceutical waste can be categorized as medical waste, hazardous waste or solid waste. Under Chapter 11 of Title 22, California Code of Regulations, pharmaceutical waste that are regulated under the Medical Waste Management Act are those classified as "California only hazardous wast."