Clinical waste management update

National Services Scotland (NSS) continues to work closely with NHS Boards, contractors, Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) and the Scottish Government to deliver robust contingency plans for the management of clinical waste.

To ensure NHS Scotland services to the public are maintained, NSS procured storage, collection and treatment services for clinical waste.

All contingency measures are in line with regulatory standards and requirements enforced by SEPA and they continue to audit all aspects of compliance for clinical waste management from the collection of waste from NHS Boards through to disposal. SEPA continue to audit all aspects of compliance for clinical waste management from the collection of waste from NHS Boards through to disposal. 

The contingency plans include the provision of waste management services to NHS Boards across Scotland until the new national healthcare waste management contract commences.

Procurement of the new contract

Following an extensive and pre-planned procurement process, National Procurement, a division of NSS, is leading the process to finalise the award of the new national healthcare waste management contract.

National Procurement will take a key role in the management of the new contract which will replace multiple contracts across NHS Boards in Scotland.

There are several new requirements built into the new contract. This includes provision for national reporting and data management.

All contracts in NHS Scotland are procured in line with Scottish and European requirements. Contract awards are based on technical capability, service level and costs.

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