Sustainable Procurement - Resources

Table of contents

  1. Guidance documents and tools
  2. Product specifications and criteria
  3. Health Care Without Harm and Practice Greenhealth resources and case studies
  4. Additional resources



1. Guidance documents and tools

2. Product specifications and criteria

A. Health Care Without Harm's quick guides

  • Sustainable procurement criteria for examination and surgical gloves: Standardized tender criteria addressing priority sustainability issues for examination and surgical gloves [English] [Spanish] [Portuguese] [Chinese]
  • Toolkit - Sustainability criteria for examination and surgical gloves provides additional resources to support the implementation of the standardized tender criteria for gloves [Englisht] [Spanish] [Portuguese]
  • Surface disinfection: Procurement criteria for chemicals used to disinfect surfaces [English] [Spanish] [Portuguese]
  • Hand hygiene: Procurement criteria and safer alternatives for products used for routine hand hygiene [English] [Spanish] [Portuguese]
  • Instrument disinfection: Evaluation of procedures, procurement criteria, and benefits of products used for high-level disinfection of instruments [English] [Spanish] [Portuguese]
  • Sustainable procurement quick guide - Reducing PVC and DEHP in IV bags: Criteria, recommendations, and alternatives to PVC/DEHP products for IV bags, as well as links to case studies and references. [English] [Spanish]
  • Sustainable procurement quick guide - Reducing PVC and DEHP in medical products: Criteria, recommendations, and alternatives to PVC/DEHP in medical products, as well as links to case studies and references. [English] [Spanish]
  • Coronavirus update - Disinfection tunnels factsheet: A documento on the use of disinfection tunnels and disinfectant spraying of the general population. [English] [Spanish] [Portuguese]
  • Coronavirus update - Health care waste management: A comprehensive document with the latest information and recommendations on how to address waste management in a coronavirus context [English] [Spanish] [Portuguese] [Bahasa] [Polish]
  • Antimicrobials in hospital furnishings - Do they help combat COVID-19?: No current high-quality evidence indicates that adding antimicrobial agents to the surfaces of products adds significant value beyond the array of the CDC's recommended procedures for preventing SARSCoV-2 transmission or health care-associated infections. [English]

B. Protection without pollution: COVID-19 waste-reduction strategies

  1. Guidance for sustainable glove purchasing: As health care facilities rethink their purchasing and supply chains in the wake of COVID-19, this guidance can serve as a roadmap for advancing sustainable options [English] [Spanish] [Portuguese]
  2. Guidance for immunization waste management: The huge need for masks, gloves, and other personal protective equipment, millions of COVID-19 tests, and lifesaving hospital treatment for victims of the disease has, in many cases, led to an increase in health care waste. This guidance provides recommendations on how to better manage and safely dispose of waste associated with immunization. [English] [Spanish] [Portuguese]
  3. Guidance for Personal Protective Equipment for immunizations practices: This document is for health professionals who are using PPE as they administer vaccinations. It will help vaccine administers ensure infection prevention while reducing unnecessary product use and waste. [English] [Spanish] [Portuguese]

3. Health Care Without Harm and Practice Greenhealth resources and case studies

A. Case studies on sustainable procurement

B. Purchasing goods and services

-- Food

-- Medical devices and supplies

-- Non-medical devices

-- Building materials and furnishings

C. Reducing health care impacts

  • Green paper on climate footprint of the health sector: The most comprehensive global analysis of health care’s contribution to climate change to date, providing a global estimate of health care’s greenhouse gas emissions
  • Chemicals of concern to health and environment: This document combines a list of 200 chemicals from various authoritative lists and environmental conventions that are carcinogenic, toxic, mutagenic and reproductive hazards. [English] [Spanish]
  • Chemicals of concern for the health sector: This document is based on the report Chemicals of Concern to Health and Environment. It includes the list of chemicals used by the health care sector and/or included in health products. In addition, the document includes case examples that demonstrate how hospitals have successfully substituted chemicals and chemicals in products with more sustainable alternatives. [English] [Spanish]
  • Factsheet on reducing the carbon footprint of health care through sustainable procurement: Provides a glance of the carbon footprint of the health sector and case studies from health care facilities to reduce their environmental footprint
  • Recycled/reusable products: List of recycled product resources
  • Safer chemicals: health care action kit: Guidance on choosing safer products and chemicals in health care institutions

D. Implementation strategies

E. Cost Analysis Tools

F. Purchasing Cooperative

  • Greenhealth Exchange: Purchasing cooperative that makes it easy to source products and services used in health care settings that are good for people and the planet.

G. Recognition programs

4. Additional resources

You may also find helpful the following external resources on implementing sustainable procurement:

A. Sustainable public procurement, general guidance

B. Social and ethical procurement

C. Sustainable procurement claims and labeling

D. Identifying criteria

E. United Nations resources