PVC blood bags draw criticism, defense in Europe


PVC blood bags "pose a significant risk to human health" and should be phased out in favor of polyvinyl chloride-free alternatives: that's the finding of life-cycle assessment (LCA) carried out by the PVCfreeBloodBag project, which is understandably drawing criticism in a review commissioned by the European Council of Vinyl Manufacturers (ECVM).

ECVM says the PVCFreeBloodBag project's conclusions contradict findings by the European Commission's Scientific Committee on the Emerging and Newly Identified Health Risks (SCENIHR). In 2008, that committee stated that, while "there is reason for some concern for prematurely born male neonates for which the DEHP exposure may be transiently above the dose inducing reproductive toxicity in animal studies, there is no conclusive scientific evidence that DEHP exposure via medical treatments has harmful effects in humans."...
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