Environmental Sustainability

The climate change emergency and biodiversity loss are fundamental threats to the economic, social and health wellbeing of humanity. EAHP recognises that medicines and the delivery of pharmacy services are important contributors to these threats. EAHP accepts the responsibility to provide leadership to member states in supporting local, regional and European action to minimise the environmental pollution associated with medicines and hospital pharmacy systems.


Call for the expression of interest


Scope of the activities

The work of the group will start working in January 2023. The project plan and deliverables will be decided by the Chair and the Working Group during the kick off of the project. The project doesn’t have a limit duration and will be reassessed and renewed every year if decided by the EAHP General Assembly. The members of the Working Group will be asked every year if they want to stay working in the group. 

The Working  Group will decide on the project plan during the kick off meeting . The first objectives of the working group should be to increase awareness within the pharmacy profession in Europe and to identify areas relevant where the EAHP could support its member, authorities and other professionals to improve environmental sustainability of the hospitals (e.g., reducing the impact of inhaled anaesthetic, reducing the greenhouse gas emissions associated with pressurised MDI inhalers.

The group will meet once per month for 1 hour. In addition to the monthly meetings, there are between 1 to 3  hours of preparatory and follow-up work each month before/after meeting. 

Composition of the Working Group

The group will be composed of around 15-20 individuals. All meetings (at least for the time being) will be held virtually. Applicants that are not hospital pharmacists are also encouraged to apply, in particular healthcare environmental engineers or relevant experts. You can find below a list of the main requirements expected from the volunteers that will join the Working Group.

Selection Criteria

The call for the expression of interest is primary addressed to hospital pharmacists and  other professionals with ideally experience and knowledge on the sustainability of hospital pharmacies and healthcare systems. 

  • Qualifications,  existing role or knowledge in relevant sustainability fields or providing specialist sustainability services to healthcare organisations.
  • Good understanding on how hospitals, pharmacies and healthcare systems operate and is compliant with relevant legislation, regulations, codes of practice, technical guidance for environmental sustainability matters.
  • Good spoken and written English as well as communication/presentation skill 
  • Experience engaging in initiatives from conception through to implementation
  • Experience working with networks of key or influential stakeholders relevant to sustainability and social value.

Geographic diversity will be one overarching criterion applied in the selection of the Working Group members. 

Application procedure

Interested applications should sent a CV and a short motivation statement  to EAHP Project Portfolio Manager Gonzalo Marzal Lopez at info[at]eahp[dot]eu. The deadline for applications is January 16th 2023.





Last update: 21 December 2022