In Spring 20236, the Flemish Government will launch a Green Deal Sustainable Heathcare together with many partners. Circularity will be one of the four major themes within this green deal. On this page we want to collect inspiring examples and publications, specifically for the healthcare sector. This includes, for example, the purchase of medical equipment, medical instruments and medicines. But of course there are also more generic product groups that are important for the healthcare sector. On the other product group pages you will find information about construction, textiles, ICT, office furnishing, catering, paper and cardboard, packaging, textiles and maintenance products.
Circulair procurement strategies Healthcare
Rent or share peer to peer
Reuse, Refurbish or Upgrade
Minimal use of material in design
Less waste: the healthcare sector traditionally makes extensive use of many single-use products. This results in huge amounts of waste, but also a high dependence on the supply chain. It is therefore important to look for reusable or more environmentally friendly alternatives, without compromising the safety of patients and staff.
Insight into the share of recycled, biobased and virgin materials
Increase the share of recycled content Increase the share of biobased content
Energy, water and gas consumption during the usephase: opt for efficient equipment and optimal settings. The EU GPP criteria will help you procuring them.
Contractual agreements for maintenance and repair
Design for longevity
Repairability and maintainability
Contractual incentives to extend service life
Advice on usage optimisation by supplier
Design for Diassembly
Insight into composition and connections
Contractual agreements on take-back and reuse
Stimulating circular revenue models
Design for recycling: make sure that products are easy to disassemble and that the materials are easy to recycle. For example, by choosing mono materials.
Insight into materials: you can include in your criteria that plastic parts must be marked with the type of plastic
Contractual arrangements for return and recycling
Reducing Toxicity: Many of the products used in healthcare such as disinfectants, medical devices, furniture, electronic devices, solvents and medicines contain harmful chemicals. These toxic substances must be replaced by safer alternatives. In for the safety of patients and staff, but also to be able to safely close the cycle of products and materials. Healthcare without harm published a list of substances to avoid.
Peter Bottelberghts: "The UZA has already concluded a circular contract concerning the operation of the patient kitchen, staff restaurant and commercial area in a public–private partnership for a per…