New Department of Transportation Special Permit for Collected Pharmaceuticals
Wednesday, July 27, 2016 (1:00 pm -2:00 pm EST)
Recently, the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA), within the U.S. Department of Transportation, issued two special permits for the shipment of liners containing collected materials from drug take-back programs. When the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) published its final rule in 2014, they expanded the number and types of entities permitted to collect unwanted drugs including controlled substances. The rule allows manufacturers, distributors, reverse distributors, narcotics treatment programs, retail pharmacies, and hospitals/clinics with an on-site pharmacy to voluntarily apply for DEA authorization and maintain on-site drug collection receptacles and mail-back programs.
PHMSA approved these new special permits to help “shippers” and “carriers” of collected pharmaceuticals comply with the DEA rule. Who qualifies as a shipper or a carrier under these new requirements? What is the process for becoming party to PHMSA’s special permits? Can an alternative proposal to the existing special permits be submitted and considered by PHMSA? Will this process change in the future?
Representatives from PHMSA will answer these questions and more on this free PSI webinar. Register today!
U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA)
Andrew Eckenrode has worked in the Approvals and Permits Division of the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration’s (PHMSA) Office of Hazardous Materials Safety for two years. He has written special permits and approvals for various activities such as the transportation of prototype and low production lithium batteries aboard aircraft, the transportation of damaged/defective lithium batteries, the use of alternative packaging, and the transportation of explosive materials aboard aircraft. He has a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Environmental Policy and Resource Management from the University of North Carolina at Asheville. Prior to his work at PHMSA he worked as a contractor for PHMSA in their Hazardous Materials Information Center for three and a half years fielding and answering regulatory questions on the Hazardous Materials Regulations.
Scott Cassel (Moderator)
Chief Executive Officer
Product Stewardship Institute
Scott has over 30 years of experience tackling waste management issues in the public, private, and nonprofit sectors. Prior to founding the Product Stewardship Institute (PSI) in 2000, he served seven years as the Director of Waste Policy and Planning for the Massachusetts Executive Office of Environmental Affairs, where he developed and implemented solid and hazardous waste management policies and programs. Scott is a nationally renowned leader in the product stewardship movement and has experience across multiple product categories, including electronics, lamps, thermostats, pharmaceuticals, mattresses, packaging, and paint. As PSI’s CEO, he developed the widely acclaimed facilitation process that the organization uses for stakeholder engagement and consensus-building—a process that resulted in the nation’s first industry-run, government-mandated paint stewardship program.