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More than 770 pharmaceuticals and their metabolites have been found in the environment worldwide. Pharmaceutical residues can enter the environment at all stages of their life cycle. They can accumulate in fish, vegetables, livestock, and end up in drinking water.

This website brings together key information and materials about pharmaceutical pollution, recommendations for stakeholders, and an overview of flagship EU regulatory developments. It also features a free-to-access database of initiatives to tackle pharmaceuticals in the environment and pharmaceutical waste.

It is hosted by Health Care Without Harm (HCWH) Europe, a non-profit network of European hospitals and healthcare providers, healthcare systems, local authorities, research/academic institutions and environmental and health organisations.

HCWH Europe’s mission is to transform the European healthcare sector so that it reduces its environmental footprint, becomes a community anchor for sustainability, and a leader in the global movement for environmental health and justice.

Find out more about HCWH Europe here.

The SaferPharma campaign aims to:

  • Challenge the pharmaceutical industry to clean up their production
  • Raise awareness amongst healthcare professionals about the 
impact of pharmaceuticals in the environment, encouraging rational 
prescription practices
  • Help citizens to understand the impact of pharmaceuticals in the 
environment and how to safely dispose of unused medicine
  • Work towards transnational agreement to ensure the minimisation of 
pharmaceuticals in the environment