Human and veterinary medicines end up in the environment in different ways, but mainly during use. These biologically active substances have undesirable effects on aquatic and soil organisms. They have a major impact on soil processes and ecosystems. Due to increased monitoring, an increasing number of medicines have been found in recent years in concentrations ranging from μg/l to ng/l.
Currently however, little or no consideration is given to environmental impact in the authorisation procedures of pharmaceuticals. A lot still needs to be done in the research and legislation of human and veterinary medicines. Chemical analyses are an essential part of this and will play a more prominent role in future monitoring programmes.
Eurofins has an analysis package for the most frequently occurring medicines found in water. By using modern techniques these can be traced with a reporting threshold of 0.01 μg/l.