The HCWM describes PVC as ‘problematic’ because it contains additives such as plasticisers, for example di(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate (DEHP) among others. Phthalates are known endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs).1  The American Environmental Protection Agency classifies EDC as a ‘probable human carcinogen’, the International Agency for Research on Cancer classifies EDC as ‘possibly carcinogenic’ to humans and the European Union has recommended EDC as a ‘substance of very high concern’. Both EDC and vinylidene chloride also have non-cancer health effects.

In a strongly worded consensus statement, Health Care Without Harm (HCWM) has called on the healthcare fraternity to avoid using products made with polyvinyl chloride (PVC) [Image: Shutterstock].

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