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Strategic Approach to Pharmaceuticals in the Environment

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Good progress has been made in implementing the actions of the Strategic Approach to Pharmaceuticals in the Environment with some already well advanced or even completed. Several Green Deal Initiatives and the Pharmaceutical Strategy will also help to achieve the objectives of the Strategic Approach to Pharmaceuticals in the Environment. A progress overview detailing the achievements in implementing the actions of the Strategic Approach to Pharmaceuticals in the Environment can be found here. It is looking at the implementation as a whole as well as giving for each action the implementation reached so far and the planned further follow‑up.

More information is available in the News Release.

On 11 March 2019, the Commission adopted a strategic approach to pharmaceuticals in the environment (all languages available here) as required by Article 8c of Directive 2008/105/EC as amended by Directive 2013/39/EU.

The approach covers all phases of the lifecycle of pharmaceuticals, from design and production through use to disposal.

The following steps were involved in developing the strategic approach:

A public consultation on the roadmap for the initiative was held in the spring of 2017. A public consultation on policy options for possible inclusion in the approach was held from November 2017 until February 2018, and a targeted stakeholder consultation, aimed at experts already familiar with the issues, was held from November 2017 until January 2018, according to a consultation strategy.

The following reports, prepared as part of a supporting study, were made available ahead of the consultations: a study report providing an overview of recent evidence on pharmaceuticals in the environment, a background document and a summary background document.

More informationis available in the Press Release and Memo published when the initiative was adopted.

The results of the consultations were used to revise the study report and background document. The final study report includes the revised background document and the consultation questions, as well as a conclusions section. The final study report was used, along with information in an earlier study report, and the outcomes of a workshop held in September 2014, to inform the development of the strategic approach.