In 2017, EUSBSR PA Hazards established a flagship initiative, the BSR Pharma-Platform (PIE) in the Baltic Sea Region http://www.swedishepa.se/Environmental-objectives-and-cooperation/Cooperation-internationally-and-in-the-EU/International-cooperation/Multilateral-cooperation/Baltic-Sea-Region-EUSBSR/Policy-Area-Hazards/A-cooperation-to-reduce-pharmaceuticals-in-the-Baltic-Sea/ .
The Baltic Sea Pharma platform brings together projects and stakeholders from the whole region to jointly work on knowledge-sharing, increase effectiveness, streamlining activities and support regional policy development with a view to reducing emissions of pharmaceuticals to the Baltic Sea Envrionment.
The same year a status report on pharmaceuticals in the environment in the Baltic Sea Region was published by UNESCO and HELCOM http://www.helcom.fi/Lists/Publications/BSEP149.pdf . 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) https://www.balticsea-region-strategy.eu/ 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 http://www.swedishepa.se/Environmental-objectives-and-cooperation/Cooperation-internationally-and-in-the-EU/International-cooperation/Multilateral-cooperation/Baltic-Sea-Region-EUSBSR/Policy-Area-Hazards/