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.
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)
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.