Final Report of the noPILLS project now available
2015-06-26 07:58:18

Following the Final Conference of the noPILLS project, 27./28. May 2015 in Brussels, the Final Report is now updated with the “Conference Chapter” – including the main statements and issues that have been discussed during the two-day-event. The full version of the Final Report is about 134 pages and now available for download. In addition, a short summary about 24 pages lists the main findings ad policy pointers of the project.

You can find all documents under the headline “final report” in the documentation section.

27th - 28th May: noPILLS in Waters – an exciting project finishes with the Final Conference in Brussels
2015-06-08 19:50:58

The successful final conference of the EU-funded Interreg-Project “noPILLS in waters” took place in Brussels from May 27th to May 28th at the EU’s North Rhine-Westphalia Representative Office. During the two-day conference the noPILLS project partners together with stakeholders on local, regional, national and EU level elucidated various solutions to handle pollution of the aquatic environment. They explained the social, political and strategic goals targeting pollution of water by pharmaceutical substances. The conference reached a broad audience of about 100 participants each day including representatives of the European Commission.

Please click here for further information.

Programme of noPILLS final Conference now available
2015-03-12 12:15:38

On May 27-28 2015 the Final Conference of the noPILLS project takes place in Brussels, at the North Rhine-Westphalia Representative Office to the European Union. The 2-day event invites politicians, scientific experts, stakeholders on local, regional, national and EU level dealing with the topic of pharmaceutical residues in the water cycle to share the core findings of the noPILLS project partnership.

Please find here more information as well as the actual programme of the final event.

WATER & HEALTH Conference "Pharmaceuticals in the urban water cycle" - registration now open
2015-02-10 10:43:31

The WATER & HEALTH Conference, 26th - 27th March 2015, organised GRAIE (Rhone-Alps Group of Research on the Infrastructures and Water) and ASTEE (French Scientific and Technical Association for Water and Environment) has now opened for registration.

About aim and content of conference please find also the noPILLS news dated 15th Jan 2015.

For details of conference programme please click here.

For registration details please click here.

Brochure “How Doctors Can Help Reduce Pharmaceutical Pollution” now available
2015-02-03 09:35:50

The organisation “Health Care Without Harm Europe” has published a brochure especially for the target group doctors. The new guide details the environmental problems posed by improper disposal of pharmaceuticals and the excretion of pharmaceutical residues. This provides advice on simple practices that doctors can use to help reduce unnecessary pharmaceutical emissions from entering the environment.

Click here to get to the brochure:

You can also read the German version:


26th – 27th March 2015: Conference “Pharmaceuticals in the urban water cycle: state of art and reduction strategies” takes place in Geneva and Annemasse
2015-01-15 08:35:32

This conference is organised on the occasion of the end of the Franco-Swiss INTERREG project called IRMISE. This project has been focusing on the impact of micropollutant (and pharmaceutical) discharges from wastewater treatment plants downstream of the Arve catchment and on the Genovese Aquifer, based on the Bellecombe site - SIPIBEL - in the French region of Upper Savoy, studying hospital effluents in an urban sewage treatment plant.

Partner 6 of the noPILLS partnership, the University of Limoges, is especially engaged in this conference to allow know-how transfer between the IRMISE and noPILLS project.

Organised is the event by GRAIE (The Rhone-Alps Group of Research on the Infrastructures and Water) and ASTEE. This conference is part of the cycle of the Water & Health conferences that have taken place every two years since 2006.

Find here the link to further information:

noPILLS represented at EFPIA and HCWH
2014-12-09 15:18:54

On 24 October, the European Federation of Pharmaceutical Industries and Associations (EFPIA) and Health Care Without Harm (HCWH) Europe hosted a Joint Debate on Pharmaceuticals in the Environment (PiE) in Brussels. Besides a German and a Dutch noPILLS partner also a member of the Scientific Board was invited as panel speaker. The event aimed to encourage a collaborative discussion on PiE that will result in concrete suggestions to help tackle this issue in a way that safeguards the environment as well as EU citizens and patients.

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noPILLS invited to European Policy Center in Brussels
2014-12-09 15:18:05

On October 29th 2014 the European Policy Center EPC ( held a workshop in Brussels of its “Blue Gold Taskforce” on managing the water challenges in Europe and the world. Main topic was the re-use and recycling of water, discussing for example what options that could mean in regions with water shortage and how agriculture might benefit here. The noPILLS project was invited to give input regarding (pharmaceutical) micropollutants in the water cycle. The summarized cognitions in the report were therefore considering the noPILLS findings, too: “… there is the challenge with the image of reused water and the pollutants. Even the most sophisticated systems combining more than one type of filtration cannot eliminate all micropollutants. In order to tackle the challenge with pollutants, much more attention needs to be paid to their source. Preventing the problem requires that the situation is controlled during production, authorization, consumption and disposal. For example, hospitals release significantly more pharmaceuticals to water than households, and this should be limited if not eliminated altogether.”

noPILLS project in actual issue of "The Parliament Magazine" for the Open Days in Brussels
2014-09-30 09:19:41

The noPILLS project has published an article in the Regional Review of The Parliament Magazine, issue September 2014. This is a special edition for the Open Days in Brussels, from 6th to 9th October 2014.  The Open Days conference is a major four day European event, focusing on European policy at National, Regional and Local levels.

Read "The Regional Review Open Days Special Edition" with noPILLS article on page 103 here.

Read more about the Open Days:

You can also find a pdf of the noPILLS article in the documentation section here.

24th of July is the International Self-Care Day
2014-07-24 06:49:51

The International Self-Care Day campaign objective is to explain to all stakeholders - the public, healthcare professionals, the media and health officials, the importance of self-care in health care and encourage the general public to practice self-care.

July 24th (24/7) is the chosen day for International Self-Care Day as it can be used as a reminder that the benefits of self-care are experienced 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The campaign is run by the World Self-Medication Industry, an NGO in official relations with the World Health Organization.

In the framework of the International Self-Care Day 2014 a European comparison has been made