Date: July 27, 2016
Source: Medical Waste Management Association
An industry group has founded the Medical Waste Management Association (MWMA) to serve the needs of the biohazard and medical waste disposal industry. The organization, which officially launched on July 1 and is based in Phoenix, seeks to promote operating standards, research, education and regulatory advocacy for organizations that transport, process, store or dispose of biological and medical waste. Rob Marshall, owner of San Antonio-based Medsharps and MWMA president, says that "Up to now, the medical waste disposal industry has not had a strong independent trade organization to promote its interests. There are hundreds of companies across the United States, and far more around the world, providing this critical service that will benefit from having a strong, unifying voice." MWMA will host its first conference on March 22, 2017 in Las Vegas.
Initially, MWMA says it will focus its energies on member outreach but expects to advance an agenda that not only confronts current industry challenges but addresses emerging issues, such as the eventual classification of human biological waste as protected health information (PHI) under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA).
The MWMA can be contacted through its webpage at www.medwasteonline.org. The association is headquartered at 3030 North 3rd St., No. 940, Phoenix, AZ 85012, which is also the headquarters for the National Association for Information Destruction (NAID), the trade association for companies that provide secure information destruction services.