Pharmaceuticals are known to occur widely in the aquatic environment of industrialized countries. In developing and emerging countries, information on the occurrence of pharmaceuticals in the environment has become more readily available in recent years. However, a concise picture on the relevant pharmaceutical, their prevailing concentrations in the environment, and their potential effects on human and ecosystem health is still elusive in these countries.
The International Society of Doctors for the Environment has suggested the topic “Environmentally Persistent Pharmaceutical Pollutants” (EPPP) for nomination as an emerging issue under the Strategic Approach on International Chemicals Management (SAICM) of the United Nation Environmental Programme (UNEP).
adelphi conducts this project jointly with IWW Water Centre: The Federal Environment Agency (UBA) is being consulted in its preparatory activities for a global plan of action on the treatment of persistent pharmaceuticals in the environment.
As the basis for further considerations and more concrete discussions, the goal of the current project is to clearly define the state of knowledge on the global relevance of pharmaceuticals in the environment.
The main tasks of the project are thus to