PSMO-04 - Planetary health: Contributions from pharmacy

Meeting room 1.60
Organised by FIP Education in collaboration with the FIP Board of Pharmaceutical Practice and the FIP Board of Pharmaceutical Sciences


Dr Naoko Arakawa, FIP Bureau member, United Kingdom and Mr Luís Lourenço, FIP Bureau member, Portugal


Planetary health is defined as the health of human civilisation and the state of the natural systems on which it depends. The health of people has been improving gradually across the world, but it caused extensive degradation to the Earth. Health systems globally are responsible for about 5% of greenhouse gas emissions. The development, use and disposal of medicines also have affected the water environment. Pharmacists and pharmaceutical scientists need to consider the environment in the cycle of medicines use from discovery, development, marketing, procurement and disposal.

This session will explore and discuss how pharmacists and pharmaceutical scientists contribute to the planetary health through environmentally sustainable pharmacy practice, pharmaceutical sciences, education and workforce development. 



11:00 – 11:05 Introduction by the chairs
11:05 – 11:25

Embedding environmental sustainability in pharmacy education 
Speaker to be confirmed

11:25 – 11:45 Sustainable prescribing – First, do no harm!
Speaker to be confirmed
11:45 – 12:05 Antimicrobial resistance and pharmaceuticals in environment 
Speaker to be confirmed
12:05 – 12:25 Panel discussion
12:25 – 12:30 Closing 

Learning objectives

  • To understand the importance of the planetary health.
  • To explore how health systems and medicines use cause the degradation of the planetary health.
  • To discuss how pharmacists and pharmaceutical scientists can contribute to the improvement of planetary health.


Building sustainable and resilient health system and practice will assist optimising planetary health. By learning and exploring the contributions of pharmacists and pharmaceutical scientists in planetary health, individual pharmaceutical workforce can support planetary health as part of One Health.