The use of amino acids, proteins and peptides is not considered to have any environmental impact but see below for further information from Lilly and Sanofi AB.
Fass environmental information
Fass environmental information for insulin, human, isophane (Insulatard Flexpen, Humulin NPH and Insuman Basal) from Novo Nordisk, Lilly and Sanofi AB, respectively (downloaded 2022-03-31).
According to the European Medicines Agency guideline on environmental risk assessments for pharmaceuticals (EMA/CHMP/SWP/4447/00), vitamins, electrolytes, amino acids, peptides, proteins, carbohydrates, lipids proteins, vaccines and herbal medicinal products are exempted because they are unlikely to result in significant risk to the environment.
Further information from Lilly and Sanofi AB: However, even though biomolecules, such as vaccines and hormones, are exempted they should still be regarded as biologically active.
Author: Health and Medical Care Administration, Region Stockholm