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Medical Pathological Waste


Medical Pathological Waste (MPW) includes any waste with actual or perceived presence of pathogenic agents. This type of waste is generated at the NIH Bethesda campus through various animal and human studies and treatment protocols. The Division of Environmental Protection (DEP)'s Medical Pathological Waste Program collects all MPW from buildings daily. Some MPW can be decontaminated and then disposed of as general waste. MPW that cannot be disinfected is sent to an off-site medical waste incinerator for disposal. Goals for this program include minimization of medical waste through better segregation and development of effective on-site medical waste treatment systems.


If you would like more information about this program, please contact Don Wilson

How NIH Meets Medical-Pathological Waste Objectives coming soon

Tracking Our Medical Pathological Waste Management Progress


Related Links

Decontamination and Sterilization Guidelines

Guideline for Review and Approval of Animal Study Proposals

NIH Waste Disposal Guide

State of Maryland Hazardous Waste Program