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13 May 2016

First InnProBio market dialogue held in Rotterdam, The Netherlands

The Dutch Public Procurement Expertise Centre (PIANOo) – one of the InnProBio partners – the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs, Erasmus Medical Centre (The Netherlands) and the hospitals Reinier de Graaf and Rijnstate co-organised the first market dialogue on bio-based disposables for healthcare and catering. The event took place on April 19 and the focus was on the actual purchasing needs of hospitals and of the Dutch government.

More than 130 people from local, regional and national governments, hospitals, producers and suppliers discussed their requirements, barriers and solutions related to bio-based disposables.

The deputy director of the Ministry of Economic Affairs, Karin Weustink, explained the importance of a bio-based economy and how public procurers can set a good example for the private sector to move away from a fossil-based economy. Participants at the event were also informed about bioplastics and their biodegradability. Later on, procurement practitioners presented their wish lists for bio-based solutions both in the healthcare and the catering sectors. The companies attending the market dialogue also had opportunities to present their products, and listened to the comments from the audience on whether these solutions meet or do not meet procurers’ needs.

In the healthcare session, bio-based alternatives for traditional products among several product categories were discussed, such as sheets, gloves and garbage bags.

Those who attended the event will receive information on follow-up activities

For further information about InnProBio’s market dialogue activities, please contact Carla Dekker from PIANOo.