At EHMA 2020, on Tuesday, 17 November at 14.45 we will have a session titled ‘ Environmental sustainability in the health sector: a shared ambition and collective efforts’. The session will touch upon the topic of environmental sustainability in health systems, starting with the existing regulatory processes in place as well as current policy discussions down to the concrete implementation and actions by all stakeholders involved: industry, healthcare organisations, healthcare professionals, patients. Particular attention will be given to Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR), described by the World Health Organisation (WHO) as “an increasingly serious threat to global public health that requires action across all government sectors and society”.

The session will start with a keynote on “Current state of play from a regulator’s perspective” by Mr Ferenc Marofka, DG SANTE, European Commission.

Then a panel discussion on ‘The Green Deal as the EU approach to implement the SDGs: how can the health – and pharma – sector contribute?’ featuring Dr. Kirsty Reid, Director Science Policy at EFPIA and Ms. Jess McNamara, Vice-President of European Affairs at EPSA – European Pharmaceutical Students Association.

A second panel on ‘Fighting against AMR: taking a science-based and global approach to reduce the impact of antimicrobials on the environment’ will follow with the participation of Dr. Aimee Murray, NERC Innovation Fellow, Environment and Sustainability Institute, University of Exeter; Mr. Kawaldip Sehmi, Chief Executive Officer at the International Alliance of Patients’ Organisations (IAPO); and Dr. Joan Griffith Tell, Director of Occupational and Environmental Health Sciences, Corporate Product Stewardship and Science Group of Global Safety and the Environment, MSD.