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PVC Controversy to Be Discussed During Virtual Event

Posted by Camilla Andersson on May 20, 2011

EMDT Editor in Chief Norbert Sparrow and Associate Editor Yvonne Klöpping will moderate a chat session on “The Pros and Cons of PVC” during the virtual event “Developments in Materials for Medical Applications”, taking place 24 May 2011.

The use of PVC in medical devices and other areas has been a controversial topic for many years and the addition of phthalates to PVC is an extra heated topic.

Opponents raise concerns about health and environmental risks. Studies indicate that some phthalates can be used safely, but for others, such as di(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate (DEHP), further studies are needed. DEHP has been proven to affect the reproductive system of animals in at least one test. Environmentally, one concern of PVC is the formation of neutralisation residues when PVC is incinerated, according to an article in EMDT by Ole Grøndahl Hanse, General Manager at the PVC Information Council.

Proponents of the use of PVC say that it has several advantages, such as its affordability and durability. Because it’s so commonly used, there are a number of studies available on it, and we can not be sure that another material would be safer to use, they argue.

This upcoming chat session will offer an opportunity for advocates from both sides of the divide to voice their opinions on this controversial issue.

Last year, Ole Grøndahl Hanse started a discussion on these issues on medtechinsider. Revisit this discussion in the blog posts “Let’s Talk about PVC in Medical Devices!” and “Your Questions about PVC—Answered.”

The virtual event will take place on 24 May 2011, from 11:00–19:00 (London), 12:00-20:00 (Paris) and 6:00 A.M. –2:00 P.M. (New York). The virtual conference and tradeshow offers attendees the opportunity to learn from and interact directly with industry experts and technology providers of materials and related products and services. To register, visit the Developments in Materials for Medical Applications registration page.

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