State Prescription Drug Return, Reuse, and Recycling Laws

Last updated: June 10, 2019

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Donate Medicines and Medical supplies

From the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL)

Pharmaceutical donation and reuse programs are distinct prescription drug programs providing for unused prescription drugs to be donated and re-dispensed to patients. Such drug repository programs began with state legislative action in 1997. As of fall 2018 there are 38 states and Guam with enacted laws for donation and reuse.

Although states have passed laws establishing these programs, more than a dozen of these states do not have functioning or operational programs. "Operational programs" are those states that have participating pharmacies, charitable clinics, and/or hospitals collecting and redistributing donated drugs to eligible patients. Some common obstacles are the lack of awareness about the programs, no central agency or entity designated to operate and fund the program, and added work and responsibility for repository sites that accept the donations.

Read more of this post at http://www.ncsl.org/research/health/state-prescription-drug-return-reuse-and-recycling.aspx

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Section 508 Best Practices Webinar: Open Q&A Session on the Revised 508 Standards, April 30

Last updated: April 2, 2019

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The next webinar in the Section 508 Best Practices Webinar Series will take place April 30 from 1:00 to 2:30 (ET) and provide an opportunity for attendees to pose questions to the Access Board on the revised Section 508 Standards. The 508 Standards apply to information and communication technology (ICT) in the federal sector such as computers, telecommunications equipment, printers, software, websites, information kiosks and transaction machines, and electronic documents. Questions are welcome on all sections of the standards, including application and scoping, functional performance criteria, hardware and software requirements, support documentation and services, and referenced standards. Access Board ICT Specialists will also address questions about companion guidelines for telecommunications equipment covered by Section 255 of the Communications Act and any other topics related to the Board's activities on accessible ICT.

Participants are encouraged to submit their questions in advance of the session through the registration portal. They can also pose questions during the live webinar. This session will be helpful to anyone involved in complying with the 508 Standards or interested in ICT accessibility. Join us for a lively and informative discussion.

For more details or to register for this free webinar, visit www.accessibilityonline.org.
Note: Rescheduled from January as a result of the government shut down. Previously registered users do not need to register again.

The Section 508 Best Practices Webinar Series provides helpful information and best practices for federal agencies in meeting their obligations under Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act which ensures access to information and communication technology in the federal sector. This webinar series is made available by the Accessibility Community of Practice of the CIO Council in partnership with the U.S. Access Board.

Section 508 Best Practices: Open Q&A Session on the Revised 508 Standards
When: April 30, 2019, 1:00- 2:30 (ET) Add to Calendar

Presenters:

  • Bruce Bailey, ICT Accessibility Specialist, U.S. Access Boardr
  • Timothy Creagan, Senior ICT Accessibility Specialist, U.S. Access Board
  • Katherine Eng, ICT Accessibility Specialist, U.S. Access Board

Registration: www.accessibilityonline.org
Note: Registration closes 24 hours before the start of the session. Instructions for accessing the webinar on the day of the session will be sent by email to registered individuals in advance of the session. Communication Access Realtime Translation (CART) and Video Sign Language Interpreters are available for each session and will be broadcast through the webinar platform. A telephone option (not toll-free) for receiving audio is also available.

Section 508 Best Practices Webinar Series Schedule: www.accessibilityonline.org

GDPR Questions Answered – Free Webinar

Last updated: May 17, 2018

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Does This Concern Me?

The European General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is a hot topic this month as the new European Data Privacy Regulation is about to take effect on May 25th. It is complicated but if you have U.S.-only users, it doesn’t concern you.

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This concerns you if you have websites and apps that collect personal data used by people living in the European Union or use hosting companies that are based in the EU. Websites and European-based hosting companies must be GDPR-compliant by 25 May 2018.

The GDPR requires that when a user signs up for a free or paid service, for an app or website, and provides their personal data, the provider of the service has to notify them explicitly how their personal data will be used before they complete the registration. Whether that use is for marketing and profiling, or if there is a possibility of the data to be subject of sale or transfer to third-parties, it has to be explicitly stated in advance. Users will be able to say NO to certain types of usage and will have to give consent – opt in – to the Terms of Service and Privacy Policy of the provider, thus making an informed choice.…

The GDPR will regulate how personal data of individuals in EU territory gets collected and used. It defines what personal data is – being literally everything – name, e-mail, username, address, phone number, financial data, age, behavioural data and more, and obliges everyone who collects and processes such data of EU individuals, no matter where that company or person is located around the world, to act in accordance with this regulation.

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Is Your Hosting Company in the U.S. but Based in the EU?

If you are using a U.S. entity of an EU-based hosting company, check their operating procedures for how EU data is handled. You may have apps or websites that ask for EU clients' data. That data may be transferred to and processed by the U.S. entity. For example, the Society for Technical Communication (STC), Washington, DC – Baltimore (WDCB) chapter's website is hosted in the SiteGround U.S. data center and we have EU users who register for competitions, mentoring, or subscribe to website posts.

How is SiteGround Handling This?

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In accordance with the GDPR, SiteGround, and other hosting companies with similar setups, needs to ensure that the U.S. entity offers the same level of protection of the EU data, as guaranteed in the GDPR, even though it is subject to U.S. jurisdiction. SiteGround will regulate this through Standard Contractual Clauses*, which will be included in all contracts between U.S. and EU entities to guarantee the transfer of data is compliant with the GDPR requirements.

They are also working on a certification under the EU-US and Swiss-US Privacy Shield with the Department of Commerce that they adhere to the Privacy Shield Principles regarding the collection, use, and retention of personal information from European Union member countries and Switzerland, respectively, so they can lawfully host EU clients' data on their U.S. servers when that is needed.

Informational Webinar

Two weeks ago, SiteGround held a free webinar in the EU attended by over 6000 people interested in how the new piece of legislation affects them. The following materials are available to help those who could not attend the seminar get a better understanding of this new regulation.

  • Free Live Webinar Video: "What is GDPR?"
  • SiteGround's Senior Legal Advisor, Maya Stoyanova, spoke about the new regulation and answered live questions from the audience. They received a lot of interesting questions. You may watch the recording of the webinar and read the answers of the most popular questions at https://www.siteground.com/blog/what-is-gdpr-webinar/.

  • Blog Post: "How Is SiteGround Getting Ready for GDPR?"
  • You can read more about what SiteGround is doing to be GDPR-compliant in a blog post at https://www.siteground.com/blog/gdpr-siteground-getting-ready/.

    * The Standard Contractual Clauses are standard terms provided by the European Commission that can be used to transfer data outside the European Economic Area in a compliant manner.