Workshop: Reducing water pollution from pharmaceuticals

Workshop: Reducing water pollution from pharmaceuticals

Zaragoza, Spain. 13 December 2019


Aim: To bring together knowledge and expertise on how to reduce the presence of pharmaceuticals in the water environment. To identify lessons learned and opportunities for joint follow-up action.

Draft Agenda:

09:00    Registration. Coffee will be available for participants

09:30    Welcome by Veronica Manfredi, European Commission; Maria Neira, World Health Organization (WHO) & Jose Maria Abad, Aragon Department of Health

09:40    Introduction by Veronica Manfredi, European Commission

09:55    Keynote presentation “SDGs: Linking Water & Health by Maria Neira, World Health Organization (WHO)

10:15    Panel presentations on ongoing work. Chaired by Sandra Garcia-Armesto, Aragon Department of Health.

  • Antibiotics and water in Aragon region, by Juan Ramon Castillo, Aragon Environmental Science Research Institute
  • “Quality Unknown” – Solutions that focus on information, prevention and investment, by Steven Schonberger, The World Bank
  • The European Commission’s Strategic Approach to Pharmaceuticals in the Environment, by Hans Stielstra, European Commission
  • AMR and Environment: A WHO perspective from the Global Action Plan on AMR, by Kate Medlicott, World Health Organization (WHO)
  • Supply chain approach and producer responsibility, by Oliver Loebel, European Federation of National Associations of Water Services (EurEau)
  • European Federation of Pharmaceutical Industries and Associations (EFPIA), tbc
  • The Safer Pharma campaign: Protecting the environment from pharmaceutical pollution, by Jean-Yves Stenuick, Health Care Without Harm (HCWH)

10:50    Moderated Discussion ‘Action at source’ with panellists and audience. Addressing questions as:

  • How can authorities be a role model (e.g. green public procurement)?
  • What shall be done about advertising?
  • How can the availability of effective ‘greener pharmaceuticals’ be increased/encouraged?
  • How can the healthcare professionals and the public be informed and engaged?

Conclusions by the Moderator

11:40    Moderated Discussion ‘Innovative effluent management at hotspots’ with panellists and audience. Moderated by Bruce Gordon, World Health Organization (WHO). Addressing questions as:

  • “Use hotspots”: How can hotspots be identified/targeted (e.g. hospitals, UWWTPs in dense urban areas, manufacturing sites) and how can different stakeholders cooperate on monitoring/treatment?
  • Manufacturing hotspots: how to reduce emissions, including how to combat AMR?
  • Which innovative technology for effluent management offers the most promise?
  • How to apply the polluter-pays principle (including mechanisms for implementing extended producer responsibility)?

Conclusions by the Moderator

12:30    Way forward – next steps, by Veronica Manfredi, European Commission & Maria Neira, World Health Organization (WHO)

12:40    Closure

A light cocktail will be served after the workshop


Venue: CIBA Building, The Aragon Health Sciences Institute (IACS). San Juan Bosco Avenue, 10, 50009 Zaragoza

Please find more information and register here.


Event Information

Date of event: 

Friday, December 13, 2019 - 09:30 to 13:30



Other event information: 

Event includes lunch
Event includes dinner