Free webinar | Safer pharma: how healthcare can reduce pharmaceutical pollution

In collaboration with GGHH (Global Green and Healthy Hospitals), HCWH Europe is hosting a free webinar next week (Tuesday 31st May) concerning Pharmaceuticals in the environment.


Pharmaceuticals in the environment represent a global pollution problem – over 631 different pharmaceutical agents or their metabolites have been detected in at least 71 countries on all continents. Pharmaceutical residues have been detected in surface water, sewage effluents, groundwater, drinking water, manure, soil, and other environmental matrices. Furthermore, antibiotics in the environment can promote the development of antibiotic-resistant pathogens a major global health threat. However, little is known about the effects on humans from continuous, long-term exposure to low concentrations of pharmaceuticals. At the international level, policy makers have begun to develop strategic approaches to address this problem aiming to reduce pharmaceutical pollution.

This webinar is co-organised by Global Green and Healthy Hospitals (GGHH) and Health Care Without Harm Europe, and aims to raise awareness about the issue and will enable participants to apply newly gained knowledge in their daily practice.

Goals of the webinar

  • Raise awareness about pharmaceutical pollution and waste
  • Educate health professionals about simple practices that can help reduce unnecessary pharmaceutical emissions in the environment with an emphasis on reducing unused and expired medicines
  • Describe how healthcare professionals can educate patients about pharmaceutical pollution
  • Discuss policy measures for reducing pharmaceuticals in the environment at European Union and international levels


Day: Tuesday, May 31st

Time: We will host two sessions to accommodate a variety of time zones. Both sessions will be recorded and require registration prior to the event.


Session 1: 09:00 CEST (check your time zone for session 1 here)

To register for session 1, click here.


Session 2: 16:00 CEST (check your time zone for session 2 here)

To register for session 2, click here.


Duration: 1.30 hour

Language: English

Free of charge

For information, including the speakers' biographies and how to connect to the webinar, click here.

HCWH Europe gratefully acknowledges the financial support of the European Commission.  HCWH Europe/GGHH is responsible for all content;
views expressed do not reflect the official views of the European Commission.