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One Health Sweden: How to fight microorganisms – a biocide conference in Uppsala, April 10th 2013

Biocides are used extensively in many applications in our society with new biocides being continuously introduced. We are often exposed to these substances without our knowledge. Today, the possible long term risks to health and environment following the increasing use of antimicrobials are largely unknown.

The Swedish Minister for the Environment Lena Ek has recently highlighted the issue, by sending a letter to all Swedish county councils with questions about biocides that can occur in consumables used in health care. The Minister wishes to gain more knowledge and insight on the procurement of medical supplies, and also calls for examples of how county councils are dealing with the issue.

The Swedish National Substitution Group (NSG) is organising a conference on biocides on 10 April, aimed at those who work within the public sector on issues regarding the environment, chemicals management, infection control and procurement. Representatives from authorities, healthcare, non-governmental organisations and the scientific community will present and discuss the topic.

Last updated on 10 April 2013

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