PILLS – Pharmaceutical Input and Elimination from Local Sources

Leading organisations:
Emschergenossenschaft (German water board)


Geographic Area:
British Isles Central Europe Western Europe


Aims to find out whether the separation and treatment of concentrated pharmaceutically burdened waste water from highly concentrated waste water point sources (such as hospitals, old people’s homes) can be regarded as a sustainable cost-effective step in the reduction of overall discharge of such substances into the aquatic system

Target audience:
Hospitals, Hospitals/health system stakeholders, Local governments, National/Local decision and policy makers, and Scientists

Area of interest:
Emergence of anti-microbial resistance (AMR), Occurrence of pharmaceuticals in the environment, Pharmaceutical consumption by humans, Risks to ecosystems, Wastewater, and Water treatment technologies


1) To gain comparable (scientific and practical) solutions to treat different types of point sources that can also be transferred to other locations
2) To take the problem to a broad discussion about protective measures as well as about the responsibility of individuals, water boards, suppliers, hospitals or health service providers to avoid the pollution of water resources

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HCWH Europe gratefully acknowledges the financial support of the European Commission (EC)’s LIFE+ programme, the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, and Nuclear Safety (BMU) Germany, and the German Environment Agency (UBA). HCWH Europe is solely responsible for the content of this project and related materials. The views expressed do not reflect the official views of the EC, BMU, or UBA.