The Health Products Stewardship Association (HPSA) operates free take back programs for the safe disposal of unwanted medications and used sharps in the provinces of Ontario, British Columbia, Manitoba and Prince Edward Island. In addition to helping producers fulfill their stewardship obligations, we help pharmacies implement these programs and educate consumers on how to practice safe disposal to strengthen ties across communities and the industry.

Our Mission, Vision and Values

Mission

HPSA is a bridge between health care and the environment by offering programs for the safe disposal and return of medications and sharps used in Canadian homes.

Vision

Building a healthier and safer environment together

Values

  • Excellence
  • Together we make a difference
  • Stewardship
  • Equity

Our Impact

Since its inception, HPSA’s initiatives have reduced the negative impact of unwanted medications and used medical sharps on the environment and the communities.

4,221,608
kgs of medications collected since the inception

2,671,177
kgs of medical sharps collected since the inception

6,110
Participating Pharmacies

146
Members Producers

HPSA History

1999

• Post-Consumer Pharmaceutical Stewardship Association (PCPSA) is formed and federally registered

• BC ENVRx program is launched

2007
British Columbia Medications Return Program (BCMRP) launch
2011
Manitoba Medications Return Program (MMRP) launch
2013

• Ontario Medications Return Program (OMRP) and Ontario Sharps Collection Program (OSCP) launch

• PCPSA name transitions to Health Product Stewardship Association (HPSA)

2015
Prince Edward Island Medications Return Program (IMRP) and Prince Edward Islands Sharps Collection Program (ISCP) launch
2021
Manitoba Sharps Collection Program (MSCP) launch
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