Scope and Aim
Pharmaceuticals are indispensable for a high quality of life. Their use however also has an environmental downside that needs to be handled. In recent years, a huge amount of data has been collected, demonstrating the widespread of a variety of active drug ingredients in the aquatic environment and sporadically even in drinking water. Being only insufficiently eliminated in the conventional sewage treatment plants, there is growing evidence that the substances and their metabolites have adverse effects on aquatic and in some cases terrestrial organisms on both the individual and population level. How to adequately address these issues? The Network has been initiated to address scientific achievements and discuss various issues on exposure of pharmaceuticals to the environment, including attempts towards global harmonisation.