The European Commission has launched a 12-week public consultation on potential policy options to curb the impact of pharmaceuticals in the environment.
The EU executive wants to “collect feedback and further information from stakeholders on their perception of the problem, the need for action, and on some of the actions that could be prioritised” ahead of the publication of a strategy paper early next year.
In a background paper, the Commission outlined 30 possible policy options grouped into 10 “action areas”. It said the need for a “strategic approach” to curbing pharmaceuticals pollution in water stemmed from contamination during the production, use and disposal of medical drugs.
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