General technology description
pCure is a collection of household products that remove selected environmentally hazardous pharmaceutical residues from sewage. The products contain enzymes that are released into the sewage system when flushed, where they help to prevent pharmaceutical residues being released into Nature.
The products are placed on the toilet rim with the cage faced inwards the bowl. When the customer is flushing, water passes the cage and block-mass which releases the enzyme blend into the sewer. The enzymes released to the sewage act against selected pharmaceutical residues that are released from human body when consuming medicine.
The latest version and a full overview of the of the products description and application can be found within the Product definition.
Key Development Areas
There are two major development areas when discussing pCure as a product.
Households, workplaces and healthcare facilities all use different toilet models and follow different flushing behaviors. Further, we all use toilets differently on an individual level and this becomes an important factor when developing our products.
The products are designed to release an average amount of enzymes, from the block mass, to the sewer system when flushed. This mechanism is defined based on cage designs and the block mass formulations. To ensure physical performances the products are tested frequently according to the Standard Dissolving Test in our toilet laboratory.
Enzyme and enzyme blend development:
Together with improvements on the physical performances (release mechanism) the improvements in enzyme activity and the mixture of enzymes used in the product is of course crucial for the effect. As the development of enzymes continue the future product version will be upgraded to have improved effects towards already selected substances or added effects on additional substances.
The two areas give pCure the opportunity to always offer the latest product versions to its customers for removal of problematic pharmaceutical residues
Performance Claims and Conditions
When installed and during use the product have effect towards selected pharmaceutical residues that the product has been developed for.
The products collected claims towards the selected substance are structured in three performance areas.
- Performance claim 1: Physical performance and behavior of the product
- Performance claim 2: Qualitative analysis of performance towards a substance
- Performance claim 3: Quantitative analysis of performance towards a substance
The full overview of the of the products claims and conditions can be found within the Product definition
Performance and effect evaluation
The average performances and total effects towards a specific substance is verified through the defined verification process, which is structured based on the international standard for Environmental Technology Verification, ISO 14034:2016
Learn more about EU Environmental technology verification (ETV) and ISO 14034
The data and results published on pCure Labs are obtained from the testing program conducted on pCure in accordance with a technology specific test plan developed and approved by pCure and the third-party test-lab. The verification process is then additionally reviewed by a Verification Expert and/or Verifying Organisation.
A description of used testing procedures and methods, as well as the latest information about product performance and product versions can be found in pCure Labs
The verification process is continuous in which performance data will be added as the products are further developed.
(Older product versions than those included in pCure Labs may not have undergone the verification process and are normally no longer available for purchase)
ISO 17025 and Third-party testing laboratories
At its core the verification process generates performance data according to the international standard, ISO/IEC 17025:2017. These are general requirements for the competence of testing and calibration of laboratories. The standard specifies the general requirements for the competence, impartiality and consistent operation of test laboratories.
In addition to internal test-data pCure uses accredited third-party organizations to select test-environments and analytical methods that can give a representative and average effect overview of the products.
Quality Assurance and Quality Controls
When a new product version has been verified through the verification process it is introduced to production and is monitored through a defined QA-Process.
The reason for that a new product version is released can be many. These reasons can be, but is not limited to:
- A new or additional enzyme is introduced to the product for improved overall performance and effects.
- New fragrances or colors have been developed and introduced to the products.
- The formulation for the product has been improved, or
- The production parameters for manufacturing the final product have improved
pCure´s Quality Assurance process is normally divided into four control areas where certain quality parameters needs to be met.
- QC of Manufactured enzymes
- QC of Enzyme Blend Production
- QC of Production parameters
- QC of Finished Products