Pharmaceuticals in the Environment (cepPolicyBrief)


The EU Commission has submitted a "strategic approach" aimed at reducing pharmaceutical residues and their impact on the environment. The cep has analyzed and evaluated the Commission's communication on this issue.


As pharmaceutical residues can contribute to an accelerated development of antimicrobial resistance (AMR) and have an effect on the endocrine system, their reduction is urgently needed. The use of antibiotics in animal husbandry must also be further restricted in order to reduce pharmaceutical residues in the environment. In principle, solutions should primarily address the causes - the strategic approach lacks this emphasis.