Virginia Regulatory Town Hall
Department of Environmental Quality
Virginia Waste Management Board
Regulated Medical Waste Management Regulations [9 VAC 20 ‑ 120]    (Repealed)
Amendment 3
Action 5069
General Information
Action Summary The Regulated Medical Waste Management Regulations, 9VAC20-120, establish standards and procedures pertaining to regulated medical waste (RMW) management, including permit requirements for the storage, transfer, treatment and disposal of RMW. Rules for packaging, labeling and transporting RMW, as well as exemptions from regulation, are also included. Standards for approved treatment processes are provided as well as provisions for establishing alternate treatment technologies. The purpose of this amendment is to modernize the standards for general handling and treatment of RMW based on current industry best management practices. The goals of this amendment are to clarify the requirements for generators and permitted facilities, improve permitting procedures, and streamline the regulations for ease of use while still protecting natural resources and human health. In addition, a periodic/small business impact review of this regulation will be conducted as part of this regulatory action. Please see the periodic review/small business impact review announcement section for the specific details on the conduct of the review.
Chapters Affected
  VAC Chapter Name Action Type
Primary 9 VAC 20-120 Regulated Medical Waste Management Regulations Repeal Entire Regulation
Other chapters
  9 VAC 20 - 121 Regulated Medical Waste Management Regulations Promulgate New Regulation
Executive Branch Review This action will go through the normal Executive Branch Review process.
RIS Project Yes  [005395]
New Periodic Review This action will be used to conduct a new periodic review.
Stages associated with this regulatory action.
Stage ID Stage Type Status
8312 NOIRA Stage complete. Comment period ended 06/26/2019.
8858 Proposed Stage complete. Comment period ended 04/18/2022.
9860 Final Stage complete. This regulation became effective on 03/15/2023.
Contact Information
Name / Title: Priscilla F. Rohrer  / Guidance & Regulation Coordinator
Address: Department of Environmental Quality
PO Box 3000
Harrisonburg, VA 22801
Email Address:
Phone: (540)217-7074    FAX: (804)698-4178    TDD: ()-