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Environment and Sustainability

S Ahlén Medical Nordic AB (SAM Nordic) works in accordance to the European Commission’s Guidelines on Good Distribution Practice (GDP) of medicinal products for human use and is authorized by the Swedish Medical Products Agency to conduct wholesale activities with radiopharmaceuticals. SAM Nordic also holds a license granted by the Swedish Radiation Safety Authority to handle and trade with radioactive sources.

Our partners and suppliers hold GMP certificate and manufacturing license from the local Competent Authorities in each country. They are ISO certified and are working according to GDP. Quality related certificates are available upon request.

Briefly about the Quality Management System

The document control of the Quality Manual is carried out in the Quality Management System (QMS) in accordance to GDP. All internal processes and documentation used in the daily work of business are described in our Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) and work instructions. These are available in an electronic format as part of the QMS. Internal audits are performed annually. It is crucial for us to know that we are up to standard and we continually strive to improve our quality management system.

Environmental policy

SAM Nordic adheres its environmental work in line with ISO 14001:2004. SAM Nordic regards the environment as an important asset and are therefore committed to lessening our impact on the environment. We strive to make great effort in improving and developing our environmental work. Our environmental policy intends a work that concerns everything and everyone and is based on participation from all employees, our customers and partners. By minimizing waste not only decreases our environmental footprint, it also reduces costs through improved resource efficiency and decreased waste disposal needs.

SAM Nordic’s routines for collection of waste materials in accordance to producer responsibility

SAM Nordic’s transport personnel with ADR certifications (The European Agreement concerning the International Carriage of Dangerous Goods by Road) according to class 7 or other transport personnel with valid qualifications picks up the waste goods for which we are producer responsible for. The pick-up takes place at the hospital in agreement with the healthcare professionals. The collected waste material is then left at intended collection point in accordance to applicable local environmental regulations. The information about the collection to the customers is done via e-mail or per telephone.

If a product needs to be replaced, the pick-up will occur in connection to the next delivery of the new product. SAM Nordic fulfils the producer obligation for packaging (SFS 2006:1273) and is affiliated to the national Packaging and Newspaper Collection Service (FTI).

Producer responsibility for batteries
As SAM Nordic is considered as producer, we are required to follow the Swedish Ordinance (SFS 2008:834), which is the Swedish implementation of the EU directive 91/167/EEC on batteries and accumulators and waste batteries and accumulators. SAM Nordic is exempted from this responsibility due to the low sales of products containing batteries pursuant to the Swedish Environmental Protection Agency. Annually, we report to Swedish EPA’s EEB Register (Register of Electrical and electronic Equipment and Batteries) the quantity of batteries placed on the Swedish market for the previous calendar year as well as collected and treated quantities of waste batteries.

Producer responsibility on electrical and electronic equipment
All electrical and electronic equipment (EEE) with built-in batteries is subject to two Swedish regulations, the Ordinance (2014:1075) on producer responsibility for electrical and electronic equipment and the Ordinance on producer responsibility for batteries (SFS 2008:834).

Annually, SAM Nordic reports the quantity of EEE and/or batteries that has been put on the market in the previous year but also how much waste from other EEE that has been collected and treated, for the previous calendar year.

Producer responsibility for certain radioactive sources
SAM Nordic undertakes to return all exhausted radioactive sources in accordance to the producer responsibility outlined in the Swedish Ordinance (SFS 2007:193). The radioactive sources are picked up at customer site and subsequently sent to disposal prior to destruction.

Environmental sustainability goals- Small details that make a big difference

As part of SAM Nordic’s active environmental work, goals and objectives will be set annually in the areas where the company believes to have the greatest environmental impact. SAM Nordic’s environmental goals in 2019 are to focus on energy and transport optimization and to further improve the company’s recycling rate. To ensure that SAM Nordic achieves these goals, these are broken down into activities and minor milestones:

Sustainable supply chain, transports and green travel
SAM Nordic currently uses two electric vehicles for the distribution of pharmaceuticals and medical devices and equipment within Sweden. SAM Nordic Supply Chain is planning and arranging the transports to keep the transportation costs down for the customer but also to efficiently minimize the carbon emissions. In order to lessen our negative impact on a given destination, SAM Nordic encourages the personnel to travel green by choosing train and/or public transportation both domestic and international to the largest possible extent.

Paper recycling
Apart from recycling all packing material which are used at transports, SAM Nordic also wants to reduce the number of printed documents with 25%. A statistical report is withdrawn on a quarterly basis in order to keep track on the statistics of the prints that have been made.

Return system of lead containers and coolant wrap
When delivering pharmaceuticals or other products that require lead- or tungsten packaging or refrigerated packaging (e.g. styrofoam boxes and cooling clamps), SAM Nordic will collect these in agreement with the customer.

Follow up on environmental goals
The environmental goals are followed up on a yearly basis and are reported in conjunction with the company’s internal revision, see QA-SOP-006 v01 Self-inspections and audit of external partners.


References

Swedish Ordinance (SFS 2014:1073) on producer responsibility for packaging
Swedish Ordinance (SFS 2014:1075) on producer responsibility for electrical and electronic equipment.
Swedish Ordinance (SFS 2018:506) on radiation protection
Swedish Ordinance (SFS 2008:834) on producer responsibility for batteries.