Veterinary Compliance Assistance
Veterinary Compliance Assistance - VetCA

This site provides pollution prevention and compliance assistance information for the veterinary sector. It is intended to be a comprehensive resource, covering all the varieties of veterinary hospital wastes, and all the rules that apply to them, including both federal regulations and the specific rules that apply in your state. If you see any topics that are not covered, or if you have any suggestions for making this site more useful, please let us know.

This web site was developed and is maintained by the National Center for Manufacturing Sciences under the National Compliance Assistance Centers program. Funding for this project has been provided by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. A portion of the content for this website was provided through the professional resources of the American Veterinary Medical Association. For more information, or to pass along suggestions, please contact: Lisa Stobierski, NCMS Sr. Program Manager or Mathew Cooke, EPA Compliance Policy Staff.

What's New on VetCA

The items highlighted here, include some human healthcare resources that may be also be useful for veterinary clinics.

EPA finalized the rules for Management of Hazardous Waste Pharmaceuticals on Feb. 22, 2019. More information.

Hazardous Waste Generators. EPA has launched a new section of their website that specifically addresses Hazardous Waste Generators. It provides basic information, links to forms, regulatory summaries/details, and sector-specific information.

Disposal of Unused Medications
—Advice for Households

This fact sheet provides guidance to private citizens on ways to safely dispose of unused medications.

Epinephrine Fact Sheet: This fact sheet provides information to assist healthcare facilities with hazardous waste determinations regarding epinephrine wastes (PO42).

VetCA has special pages covering your state's rules for the following topics:

RCRA/Hazardous Waste | Universal Waste | Regulated Medical Waste | Air Pollution | Asbestos

News & Events
01/27/2023 - HERC's new Hazardous Waste Pharmaceuticals guidance document downloaded 8,644 times in Q4CY22 [more]

01/25/2023 - Toward a Net-Zero Health Care System: Actions to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions [more]

01/25/2023 - Used Lithium-Ion Batteries -- Information for Businesses [more]

01/11/2023 - On the Road to Meeting EPA’s Hazardous Waste Regs [more]


The Web

The information contained in this site is provided for your review and convenience. It is not intended to provide legal advice with respect to any federal, state, or local regulation. You should consult with legal counsel and appropriate authorities before interpreting any regulations or undertaking any specific course of action.

Please note that many of the regulatory discussions on VetCA refer to federal regulations. In many cases, states or local governments have promulgated relevant rules and standards that are different and/or more stringent than the federal regulations. Therefore, to assure full compliance, you should investigate and comply with all applicable federal, state and local regulations.