Environment and Pharmaceuticals

Here you can find information for the environmental impact of
pharmaceuticals. You can search for the product name, the 
substance name or to get an overview, search for ATC Code
(ATC group). Unless otherwise is stated, the environmental
impact means impact of pharmaceuticals when used.

Information for the classification
The first search view presents information about the classification of the environmental hazard and the environmental risk. The environmental hazard is classified from 0-9, where a high number indicates high properties for making an environmental impact.

The classification of the risk comes from fass.se and is based on theoretical calculations of the risk, posed by the pharmaceutical substances when used at their current extent in Sweden. For more information see in the menu to the right, Classification.

For some substances there is also a risk assessment made on the basis of concentrations measured in the environment in Sweden and efficacy studies with high quality. This assessments are presented in the document for the substances and is made by independent ecotoxicological expertise. A work is going on to gradually present substance documents with this type of information and also present comparisons of the environmental risks of substances who are recommended for the same indication. (The document text is accessed by clicking on the blue-colored document name).


2016-06-09 Dokumentation from the conference Water and Pharmaceuticals -- insights and perspectives for health and environment 12-13 April, Uppsala, Sweden.

2016-05-11 Rening från läkemedelsrester och andra mikroföroreningar. En kunskapssammanställning. Rapport 2016-04. Summary in English.
Svenskt Vatten

2016-04-12 New recommendations to reduce pharmaceuticals in water
SIWI - the Stockholm International Water Institute

2016-02-02 Drugs past their expiration date

2016-01-12 Recommendations for improving environmental risk assessment of pharmaceuticals
MistraPharmas Policy Brief