Update on Pharmaceuticals in water by Nick Boley

The Permanent Representatives Committee of the European Council have endorsed the informal
agreement reached with the European Parliament on the directive on priority substances in
the field of water policy.

12 new substances will be added to the existing list of 33 priority substances under the Water Framework Directive, but the 3 pharmaceuticals which had been proposed to be added to this list – Diclofenac, 17-beta-estradiol (E2) and 17-alpha-ethinylestradiol (EE2) – will be added to the EU’s “Watch List”  to be monitored in all member states (watch list) to support future reviews of the priority substances list.



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