Seminar on Current Regulatory Actions Addressing Pharmaceuticals in the Environment

29.09.2022 | Tapahtuma

Hybrid event: Thursday 3 Nov 2022, 10:00 – 14:00 EET
Location: University of Helsinki, Viikki campus, Viikinkaari 11, Helsinki, Hall 1054
Online: In Zoom (link will be sent to registered online participants)
Registration by 23 October 2022 from this link.

The seminar focuses on the current regulatory actions addressing pharmaceuticals in the environment and the topical development needs in the regulatory framework of pharmaceuticals from the viewpoint of environmental sustainability. The seminar is hosted by the Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Helsinki, and co-organized by Generation Green task force, SUDDEN consortium, and Nordic POP university hub.


Chair: Eeva Teräsalmi, former vice president of The International Pharmaceutical Federation (FIP)

10:00 – 12:00 EET

– Opening remarks, Sirpa Pietikäinen, Member of the European Parliament
– Current greetings from the Ministry of Social Affairs and Health, Finland
Hanna Sarkkinen, Minister of Social Affairs and Health
– Keynote speech: Role of law in the transformation towards sustainability
Dr. Tomi Tuominen, University of Lapland, Faculty of Law


– Keynote speech: Current status and development of the regulatory framework governing environmental impacts and environmental sustainability of the pharmaceutical sector
Directorate-General Environment, European commission: Hans Stielstra, Head of Unit Sustainable Freshwater Management

Q & A session and discussion

– Topical greetings from the Nordic pharmaceutical research communities
Generation Green initiative and SUDDEN project: Assoc. prof. Tiina Sikanen, University of Helsinki, NordicPOP University hub: Prof. Jukka Rantanen, University of Copenhagen

Break (refreshments served for attendants in Viikki campus)

12:30 – 14:00 EET

– Expert commentaries from European sectoral pharmaceutical associations
GIRP: Martin FitzGerald, Deputy Director General
PGEU: Ilaria Passarani, Secretary General
EFPIA: Kirsty Reid, Director Science Policy
– Scientific commentary: Opportunities for national actors to influence green transformation(s) in the pharmaceutical sector,
Dr. Mirella Miettinen, University of Eastern Finland, Law School

Q & A session and discussion, incl. greetings from the Finnish Medicines Agency Fimea and the
Ministry of Social Affairs and Health

14:00 – 16:00 EET Sudden stakeholder club (Snacks & drinks served, limited seats)

After a long break in live meetings, the Sudden stakeholder club brings Suddeners and stakeholders into the same space to wrap up the day. Registration to the Sudden stakeholder club event via the same link above by 23.10.2022. Please note that Sudden club event is live event only and registration is binding due to caterings. Cancellations to: