Imperative: reducing the environmental impact of clinical laboratories

Clin Chem Lab Med. 2022 Nov 8. doi: 10.1515/cclm-2022-1052. Online ahead of print.

Abstract

Clinical laboratories are significant contributors to the environmental burden of the planet. They have been slow to address the issues with a few exceptions, but it is highly encouraging to see the current impetus and ambition in this direction. This paper describes some of these initiatives and provides the rationale as to why clinical laboratories should become sustainable. It also describes the economic and intangible benefits that labs will accrue in achieving sustainability.

Keywords: ISO14001; action taken; benefits; environmental management systems (EMS); green labs; laboratory sustainability; need.