Sound management of pharmaceutical waste and waste water (Policy brief)

The policy brief is intended as a tool to guide establishing regulatory frameworks to ensure the sound management of pharmaceutical solid and liquid waste. The guidance document is for use by WHO staff, policy makers and inspectors in Ministry of Health (MoH) and Ministry of Environment, pharmaceutical manufacturers and their associations, local municipalities and consumer organizations.

Health care waste management: Coronavirus update

Advice is regularly updated based on the latest knowledge. Please contact for the most up to date information.

WASH in HCF & COVID-19 Webinar series: Session 2 – Health care waste management

Slides from a webinar series on WASH in HCF and COVID-19 in April 2020.

Overview of technologies for the treatment of infectious and sharp waste from health care facilities

The purpose of this document is two-fold. The first is to provide criteria for selecting technologies to facilitate decision making for improved health care waste management in health care facilities. The second is to provide an overview of specific health care waste technologies for the treatment of solid infectious and sharp waste for health care facility administrators and planners, WASH and infection prevention control staff, national planners, donors and partners. For each technology, details on its operation, effects on the environment and health, requirements for installation, capacities for treating waste, examples of consumables and advantages and disadvantages are described.