Country Spotlight: South Korea

South Korea Eliminates PVC from Ivy Bags

The use of Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC) causes problems due to endocrine disruptors such as Dietheylhexyl Phthalate (DEHP)and dioxins. However, patients in South Korea were not aware that even their IV bags often contained PVC with DEHP. To solve this serious situation, the KFEM Seoul office started a campaign to eliminate PVC from IV bags starting 2005. The campaign succeeded in convincing all IV bag producers in South Korea to pledge that they would replace all of their products with non-PVC products by 2006.

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South Korea: World Medical Association Statement on Reducing the Global Burden of Mercury

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