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PHARMACEUTICALS IN THE ENVIRONMENT – Monitoring, consumption, WWTP ...

Swedish Environmental Protection Agency
Virkesvägen 2, Stockholm
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September 19, 2019
10:00 - 16:30
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EUSBSR Policy Area Hazards
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Background

In 2017, EUSBSR PA Hazards established a flagship initiative, the BSR-Pharma platform.
The BSR-Pharma platform brings together projects and stakeholders from the whole region to assist knowledge-sharing, increase effectiveness, streamlining activities and support regional policy development.

The same year a status report on pharmaceuticals in the environment in the Baltic Sea Region was published by UNESCO and HELCOM. The report was developed jointly by Helcom and EUSBSR PA Hazards. It served as a case study within the framework of UNESCO Emerging Pollutants in Water Series under UNESCO-IHP's International Initiative on Water Quality (IIWQ) Project on 'Emerging Pollutants in Wastewater Reuse in Developing Countries'. The results showed a lack of appropriate methods of analysis for some substances, presence of common pain killers (NSAIDs) and detection of medicines affecting the brain. The study indicated a further need for research and actions to prevent emissions of pharmaceuticals in the Baltic sea.

The EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region (EUSBSR) is a macroregional strategy for cooperation for an socially, economically and ecologically health Baltic Sea region. The EUSBSR’s Policy Area Hazards (“PA Hazards”) works to reduce the input and effects hazardous substances in the Baltic Sea and is led by the Swedish Environmental Protection Agency on behalf of the Swedish government office 

This is a first of two workshops, dedicated to disucssing challenges on pharmaceuticals in the environment thorught their whole life cylce: production, procurment, prescription, consumption, waste water treatment, collection schemes etc.

Policy recommendations will be harvested from dicussions of both workshops and handed to a planned dialogue round table bringing together relevant stakeholder from national BSR agencies for health, environment and pharmaceuticals.

Timeline:

  • 1st Workshop PIE: 'Monitoring, consumption, technologies and policies', 19th September 2019, Stockholm, Sweden

  • 2nd Workshop PIE: 'Production, prescription and consumption and policies', October 2019, Stockholm, Sweden

  • Round table on PIE: 'Visions, prioritized actions and policies for emission reductions of pharmaceuticals to the Baltic environment' with national agencies and ministry representatives, prel. November 2019
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