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Efficient Treatment of Pharmaceutical Residue at Source (EPIC)

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Basic project information

Shortcut: http://www.syke.fi/projects/epic

Project description

Pharmaceuticals end up to the environment via waste water effluents and sludge. This creates challenges to the sludge use, despite its high nutrient content. Being a significant technical, economic and health issue, it is necessary to identify how the pharmaceutical residue in the environment and consequently food chain can be most cost-effectively minimized. Residues of Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients (APIs) enter the environment mainly as a result of consumption of pharmaceutical products (excretion) and via unused pharmaceutical waste or via emissions from pharmaceutical manufacturing plants., The complex behavior and impact of APIs in the environment is not yet well known, but there is indication of harmful effects of some groups of APIs (e.g. endocrine disrupting hormones, behavioral changes in organisms and antimicrobial resistance enhancing antibiotics) to ecosystems and some APIs are known to be extremely  persistent and bioaccumulative. Removing API residues at their original sources could be considered to be more cost efficient and technically feasible than their removal from effluents, sewage sludge, or drinking water.

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Figure 1. Runaway Pharmaceuticals?

Objectives

This project aims to identify the APIs entering the waste water stream at different sources and testing cost-effective technological solutions to treat APIs at their primary emission sources. The different technologies will be tested in pilot studies. In support of new technologies, the project will seek pollution prevention instruments in collaboration with key stakeholders.

Work packages

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Figure 2. Research Organizations in charge of Work Packages (WP), Value Network and Contribution of WPs.

Project organization

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Figure 3. Partners in EPIC consortium.
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Figure 4. Structure of the project organization. The researchers in charge are written in bold font.

Research partners and Coordinators

The Consortium of Project and SYKE: PhD, Development Manager Taina Nystén
LUT: Professor Mika Mänttäri
HY: Title of Docent Tiina Sikanen

Subcontractor Law and Water: D.Sc. (Tech.), Water Expert Niina Vieno

More information

The Consortium of Project and WP5: FT, Development Manager Taina Nystén, (SYKE) firstname.lastname@ymparisto.fi
WP1: M.Sc. (environmental science), Lauri Äystö (11/2016–11/2 017 & M.Sc. in Agriculture and Forestry (Limnology), Researcher Päivi Fjäder (SYKE), firstname.lastname@ymparisto.fi
WP2: Professori Mika Mänttäri (LUT), firstname.lastname@lut.fi
WP3: M.Sc.(Tech), LicEcon, Leading expert Jyrki Laitinen (SYKE), firstname.lastname@ymparisto.fi
WP4: M.Sc. in Agriculture and Forestry (Limnology), Senior Coordinator, Jukka Mehtonen (SYKE), firstname.lastname@ymparisto.fi

Published 2016-09-14 at 10:50, updated 2017-11-08 at 11:57