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Pharmaceuticals in the Environment – 29 March 2022 | 13.00 – 15.00 (CET) (Online)

The FEAM European Biomedical Policy Forum – with the support of  the Federation of Veterinarians of Europe (FVE) and the European Federation of Pharmaceutical Industries and Associations (EFPIA) – is delighted to welcome you to an online event on ‘Pharmaceuticals in the Environment’

29 March, 13.00 – 15.00 (CET)

Recording of the event

Summary report


About the Event

Over the last decades, industrial and scientific progress has had a tremendous impact on our lives, providing new tools and methodologies that has radically transformed societies and healthcare systems. Medicine particularly was one of the sectors more exposed to technological evolution, being impacted by digitalization, new genome editing techniques, advances in precision medicine, immunotherapy, all methods that improved treatments and diagnosis, as well as the relationship between health professionals and patients. However, despite all the benefits, scientific and technological breakthroughs inevitably carry risks and have societal implications. Among them, the introduction of huge quantities of pollutants emitted into the air, water and soil is representing today a growing concern that is gaining more attention around the world. 

In 2012, the World Health Organization (WHO) published a comprehensive report on the risk assessment of pharmaceuticals in the drinking-water, which contains recommendations to prevent and reduce the leakage of chemical compounds in the water-cycle. On the 25th November 2020, the European Commission published a Pharmaceutical Strategy that analyses the whole life-cycle of pharmaceuticals from scientific discovery to manufacturing and commercialization. One of the main objectives of the strategy aims to guarantee that innovation and emerging science and technology cater to the therapeutic needs of patients while reducing the environmental footprint. This initiative is tightly connected to the new Industrial Strategy for Europe and the priorities outlined in the European Green Deal, Europe’s Beating Cancer Plan, and the European Digital Strategy. 

In this event, organized by the FEAM European Biomedical Policy Forum, a discussion with expert policymakers, academics, industry and civil society representatives will allow for the opportunity to exchange opinions, emphasize and raise awareness on this emerging concern, providing practical recommendations on how to better manage and reduce the waste of drugs in the environment.     

We hope you will join in the discussion and provide your view on the issue of Pharmaceuticals in the Environment. The FEAM European Biomedical Policy Forum,  the Federation of Veterinarians of Europe (FVE) and the European Federation of Pharmaceutical Industries and Associations (EFPIA) are very grateful for your participation.



Moderator: Jean-Christophe Giard, French Academy of Pharmacy, FEAM expert lead 

Welcoming and Introduction (5 min) 

  • Stefan Constantinescu, FEAM President 

Panel 1:  Broader policy perspectives of Pharmaceuticals in the environment  

  • Sara Cerdas, MEP, ENVI Committee, S&D group
  • Hans Stielstra, DG Environment, European Commission    

Panel 2: Stakeholder perspectives and cross-sectoral Panel Discussion

  • Christophe Dagot, University Limoge, France – Specialist in antibiotic resistance, micropollutants and the environment
  • Patrick Kestemont, Full Professor at the University of Namur (Belgium), President of the Research Institute of Life, Earth & Environment, Director of the Research Unit in Environmental and Evolutionary Biology
  • Despoina Iatridou, Senior Policy Officer – Federation of Veterinarians of Europe (FVE)      
  • Sofia Rydgren Stale, President of the Swedish Medical Association, CPME Rapporteur on AMR    
  • Jean Yves Stenuick, Health Care Without Harm (HCWH) Europe    
  • Bengt Mattson, Chair of the Inter-association Industry Pharmaceuticals in the Environment Task Force (EFPIA, AESGP and Medicines for Europe)   
  • Sébastien Sauvé, Professor at the University of Montreal, Faculty of Arts and Sciences


Closing remarks (5min)  

  • Jean-Christophe Giard, French Academy of Pharmacy, FEAM expert lead   
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