Pharmaceutical Advisory Group extended meeting

“Pharmaceuticals in the Environment – What do we know?  What do we need to know?”

An extended meeting of the SETAC Pharmaceutical Advisory Group will be held all day Sunday 23 May in Seville. This meeting will provide participants with an understanding of the state of the science on key topics crucial to addressing the potential environmental impact of pharmaceuticals in the environment.  Scheduled discussion time will solicit input from participants and lead to formation of a summary document that may identify topics where additional research is needed. 


Chairs: Dan Caldwell (Johnson & Johnson, New Brunswick, NJ, USA) and Thomas Backhaus (University of Gothenburg, Göteborg, Sweden)

08.00 - 08.15


08.15 - 09.00

John Sumpter (Brunel University, Uxbridge, United Kingdom): Pharmaceuticals in the environment: what are the key unresolved issues?

09.00 - 09.45

Jason Snape (AstraZeneca, Brixham, United Kingdom): Antibiotic resistance: Can we slow, stop or manage the inevitable?

09.45 - 10.00


10.00 - 10.45

Dan Caldwell (Johnson & Johnson, New Brunswick, NJ, USA): Human and aquatic effects from individual steroid estrogens and their mixtures in water

10.45 - 12.00


12.00 - 13.15


13.15 - 14.00

Ed Topp (Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, London, ON, Canada): Drugs in sludge: fate following application to agricultural land

14.00 - 14.45

Alistair Boxall (FERA, York, United Kingdom): Prioritisation approaches for identifying pharmaceuticals of concern in aquatic and terrestrial systems

14.45 - 15.00


15.00 - 15.45

Chuck Eirkson (USFDA, Washington, DC, USA): Government guidance for environmental assessment of human and veterinary pharmaceuticals

 15.45 - 16.45


16.45 - 17.00 Next steps

The presentations will be complemented with a series of discussion sessions designed to identify knowledge gaps and to prioritise areas for future research.

Please contact Dan Caldwell ( or Thomas Backhaus ( for additional information.

Note that this meeting is open to anyone interested but registration is required. If you would like to participate to this event, you can indicate this during your meeting registration. An additional registration fee will be charged on top of your meeting registration:

Member registration

€ 60

Non-member registration

€ 80

Student member

€ 24

Student non-member 

€ 36

This Registration fee includes attendance of the meeting, 2 coffee breaks and lunch.
If you are already registered for the SETAC Europe Annual Meeting and would like to participate to this event, please e-mail

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