Management of waste from hospitals, other health care facilities and health‐related research laboratories, whilst not a new issue, has gained increased attention in recent years. Unfortunately, the management procedures and practices in many European facilities, not to mention those in other, less‐developed, parts of the world, leave a lot to be desired. Having recognized the need for improvement already in the late 1970s, particularly with respect to the hazardous component of the waste, the World Health Organization Regional Office for Europe has convened a special working group of experts to prepare a short manual of good practice, conducted training courses at the request of national health authorities, supported and co‐sponsored conferences and, in co‐operation with other organizations concerned, is planning to prepare and publish a handbook for worldwide use.
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