Pharmaceuticals and the environment - how green can we be?

Thursday 1 October 2015
E4*     Session accredited under ACPE, UAN: 0579-0000-15-021-L04-P (1.5 contact hours)

Organised by the FIP Boards of Pharmaceutical Practice and Pharmaceutical Sciences 


Pharmacists worldwide view themselves as the profession responsible for medication use.  It is important that the pharmacist accepts responsibility for the entire medication-use process – from prescription to waste.  This session will give the participants the overview on the challenges and limitations of green pharmacy practices. The latest global developments will be discussed, with the practical solutions from the UN perspective and the different settings of practice. This session will also present a report on green pharmacy practice that is under development by FIP.

Learning objectives

Knowledge-based session

At the conclusion of this session, participants will be able to:

1. Describe the latest development of environment and pharmaceuticals issue.

2. Approve their professional role in the entire medication-use process – from prescription to waste.

3. Translate the existing knowledge in their professional environment.

Chair: Eeva Teräsalmi (FIP, Finland)


12:30 1) Update of the global overview on the issue of pharmaceuticals and the environment
Ina Ebert (The German Federal Environmental Agency, Germany)

12:50 2) Pharmacists’ opportunities and responsibilities in green pharmacy practice
Eeva Teräsalmi (FIP, Finland)

13:10 3) Education and existing platforms of pharmaceutical education in environmental issues
Niklas Sandler (Abo Akademi University, Finland)

13:30 4) The role of the United Nations

Mirjana Milic (United Nations Development Programme - UNDP, Turkey)

13:50 5) Q & A