DP Medical secures vital international accreditation

DP Medical has received an international certification demonstrating the company’s commitment to actively managing the environmental impact of its business activities.

The leading medical product supplier has been accredited with ISO 14001, the international standard for Environmental Management Systems (EMS). An EMS is a framework for making policy and process changes to help organisations improve their environmental performance.

Javier Pazos Garcia, quality control and environmental manager, at DP Medical said: “Managing our impact on the environment has always been a key priority for us here at DP Medical so aiming to achieve the ISO 14001 standard was the natural next step for us.

“It is an extremely high-level standard so not surprisingly it was a very tough assessment process designed to ensure we are meeting all the environmental requirements of NHS Supply Chain’s Framework. This includes looking at our environmental policy, impact reduction, pollution prevention, legal compliance and corporate responsibility.

“This is vital reassurance for our customers, particularly those in the NHS who like to see their suppliers have robust management systems in place. It also provides us with further opportunities to continue to grow our business and customer base in the future, as well as retaining engagement with existing customers. 

“It was very much a team effort by the DP Medical team and one that we are extremely proud to have achieved in such a short space of time as it really shows we are at the top of our game when it comes to lessening the environmental impact of our day-to-day business activity. We are looking forward to building on this success in the future.”

The accreditation supports DP Medical’s plans to reduce its carbon footprint to Net Zero emissions by 2050, in line with the target committed to by the NHS.

DP Medical revealed its Carbon Reduction Plan (CRP) in 2023, outlining how it plans to reduce its emissions footprint in the coming years.

Commenting on the CRP’s creation at the time, CEO Rob Atkinson, said: “We recognise that action is needed from every business – no matter how big or small – when it comes to reducing emissions and the environmental impact of how we live and work.

“In line with the NHS’s target of achieving Net Zero emissions by 2050, our Carbon Reduction Plan maps out how we as a key supplier to the NHS will also strive to meet the same goal through a number of initiatives from moving towards becoming a paperless organisation, to ensuring energy use at our offices is controlled as much as possible, and substituting our company vehicles to be electric or hybrid – every little helps.

“As a team we’re all on board with the plan and together, we’re confident we’ll achieve our aim of being a Net Zero business by 2050.”