Medical Waste Regulation in the United States: A Dire Need for Recognition and Reform

Martini, Christina Louise | January 1, 1993

This Comment will discuss the current methods by which medical waste is regulated in the United States and how the scientific data regarding medical waste demonstrates a misplaced emphasis on its regulation. Part II of this Comment discusses what constitutes medical waste and current methods for its disposal. Part III discusses the reasons why the medical waste problem began and the real versus perceived risks of medical waste and its disposal. In addition, the current federal and state medical waste regulation in the United States is discussed, and its effects on the states and the health-care industry are examined in closer detail.