Frequently Asked Questions

How do I look for technologies?

  • Simple search: Use the SEARCH field to enter information on the product of interest and then press the SEARCH button
  • Specific search: Use the SEARCH OPTIONS to select information on the product related to the
    • Technology type
    • Manufacturer
    • Processing capacity
    • Country where it is available (manufacturers with offices in the requested countries will be returned first)
    • Whether it is an advanced treatment system
    • Whether it is designed specifically for healthcare waste 
    • and press the SEARCH button

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Where can I find out more?

This document is intended as a listing of suppliers, rather than a technical reference on the technologies themselves.  More in-depth understanding of how each technology functions can be found in UNEP’s recent compendium on waste treatment technologies

More information on healthcare waste management can also be found on HCWH’s website.

The UNDP/GEF/WHO/HCWH Global Healthcare Waste Project website includes many useful resources including specifications for vacuum autoclaves and guidance on challenge testing for autolaves.

A pdf version of the inventory, as at July 2014, is also available to be downloaded from here.


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Health Care Without Harm (HCWH) does not have any vested commercial interests in any of the technologies or companies listed in this inventory.  Furthermore, HCWH does not endorse any specific technology or company.

Even though HCWH exercised care in ensuring the accuracy of the information provided, HCWH does not guarantee, and accepts no legal liability, arising from or connected to, the reliability or currency of material contained on this inventory.

HCWH does not claim that this inventory is a complete listing of all commercially available technologies.

HCWH recommends that users carefully evaluate the accuracy, currency, completeness and relevance of the data for their purposes and that users exercise their own skill and care with respect to the use of the information.

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