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Ecological and human health risk assessments of antibiotics and anti-cancer drugs found in the environment

Ecological and human health risk assessments of antibiotics and anti-cancer drugs found in the environment

Objective

A consortium of world-class scientists from both academia and industry has been assembled to assess the risks to wild animals and humans posed by environmental exposure to pharmaceuticals. Their expertise will be supplemented by an advisory group consisting of representatives of all stakeholders. This project will concentrate on two classes of human pharmaceuticals, namely antibiotics and anti-cancer drugs, because there are good reasons for thinking that these could be of particular concern. In order to conduct sound risk assessments, including providing estimates of uncertainty, it will be necessary to obtain accurate data on both exposure concentrations and effects levels. Hence, new data on both environmental concentrations and effects on aquatic organisms will be produced during the project. The comparative sensitivities of embryos and adults will be determined, and used to reduce uncertainty in the risk assessments. The stable transformation products of the selected pharmaceuticals will also be investigated. All stakeholders and beneficiaries will be represented in the project, so that results are rapidly and reliably transferred to all interested parties. A prototype web-based classification system will be developed during the project with the intention of enabling all EU citizens to make their own informed decisions about the risk posed by human pharmaceuticals to their health and to the health of the environment. The results will able EU regulators and policy makers to make better informed decisions on the issue of pharmaceuticals in the environment.

Coordinator

BRUNEL UNIVERSITY LONDON

Address

Kingston Lane
Ub8 3ph Uxbridge

United Kingdom

Activity type

Higher or Secondary Education Establishments

EU Contribution

€ 466 259,84

Administrative Contact

Teresa Waller (Ms.)

Participants (13)

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ASSOCIATION POUR LA RECHERCHE ET LE DEVELOPPEMENT DES METHODES ET PROCESSUS INDUSTRIELS

France

EU Contribution

€ 110 994,25

GOETEBORGS UNIVERSITET

Sweden

EU Contribution

€ 222 120

STICHTING KATHOLIEKE UNIVERSITEIT

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 313 223

IVL SVENSKA MILJOEINSTITUTET AB

Sweden

EU Contribution

€ 101 770,75

LEUPHANA UNIVERSITAT LUNEBURG

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 341 847,60

NATURAL ENVIRONMENT RESEARCH COUNCIL

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 83 337,75

ECOLE DES HAUTES ETUDES EN SANTE PUBLIQUE

France

EU Contribution

€ 419 825

VERENIGING VOOR CHRISTELIJK HOGER ONDERWIJS WETENSCHAPPELIJK ONDERZOEK EN PATIENTENZORG

Netherlands

ECOLOGIC INSTITUT gemeinnützige GmbH

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 117 862

ISOE GMBH

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 69 555

DANMARKS TEKNISKE UNIVERSITET

Denmark

EU Contribution

€ 75 224

VEOLIA ENVIRONNEMENT RECHERCHE ET INNOVATION SNC

France

EU Contribution

€ 136 640

STICHTING VU

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 340 240,80

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 265346

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 January 2011

  • End date

    31 March 2014

Funded under:

FP7-ENVIRONMENT

  • Overall budget:

    € 3 672 938,61

  • EU contribution

    € 2 798 899,99

Coordinated by:

BRUNEL UNIVERSITY LONDON

United Kingdom