China has been developing green public procurement policies since approximately 2004, largely through the labeling of energy efficient and environmentally friendly products. Public hospitals are encouraged to abide by government green procurement policies, but the above-mentioned labeled products merely cover hospital logistics and administrative areas, and are not specialized to cover hospital-specific needs such as machinery or other medical supplies.
In order to create a systematic tool to guide and evaluate Chinese healthcare institutions’ sustainable procurement, Rock Environment and Energy Institute (REEI) collaborated with CEC to develop a Sustainable Procurement Evaluation Guidance for Healthcare Institutions in 2019, which is a sub-project supported by SHiPP.
The Guidance evaluates three elements of a healthcare institution’s procurement practice: management measures, key products and services, and supplier management.
The Sustainable Health in Procurement Project (SHiPP) was a four-year program developed by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in collaboration with Health Care Without Harm and funded by the Swedish International Development and Cooperation Agency (SIDA), that aimed to reduce the harm to people and the environment caused by the manufacture, use, and disposal of medical products and by the implementation of health programs.
With an expansive and diverse network of over 1,700 members in more than 80 countries, GGHH was a key vehicle to engage the health sector around the globe on sustainable procurement through the Sustainable Health in Procurement Project (SHiPP).