Workshop | Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals in healthcare: Reducing exposures for patients


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Whilst medical devices play a critical role in modern healthcare, they can contain hazardous substances in their composition, which can leach into patients during use, compromising their safety. Government bodies, healthcare professionals, scientists, and civil society have raised concerns surrounding vulnerable patient groups’ potential chemical exposure to these hazardous substances.

Bisphenol A (BPA) and phthalates (notably DEHP) are examples of hazardous substances often found in medical devices that are of particular concern. Phthalates are commonly used as softeners in PVC-based medical devices, whilst BPA is used to produce certain plastics such as polycarbonates and epoxy resins that have applications in the medical device industry. A major concern with these substances is...

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