The background to MORPHEUS (Model Areas for Removal of Pharmaceutical Substances in the South Baltic) is the constant release of pharmaceuticals and other micropollutants via wastewater treatment plants (WWTPs) to the South Baltic Sea.

The project will combine information on upstream pharmaceuticals consumption patterns with estimates of the downstream discharge of pharmaceuticals from a few selected WWTPs located in the coastal regions Skåne (Sweden), Mecklenburg (Germany), Klaipeda (Lithuania) and Pomerania (Poland). Additionally an inventory of the status of existing treatment technologies will be made available.

This information will aid WWTPs and autorities in a future implementation of the moste suitable advanced treatment technology.

The main outputs of MORPHEUS are recommendations for actions on how to reduce chemical burden, roadmaps for investment in advanced treatment technologies at selected regional wastewater treatment plants, training courses on basic pharmaceutical analysis and advanced treatment technologies for target groups as well as awareness raising among consumers.

MORPHEUS  is a part of the BSR pharmaceuticals platform, a flagship project of the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region.

MORPHEUS is coordinated by the Kristianstad University (Sweden), project partners are EUCC-D, Rostock University, Gdansk Water Foundation (Poland), Gdansk University of Technology (Poland), the Environmental Protection Agency (Lithuania) and Klaipeda University (Lithuania).

Duration: 2017 to 2019

Funded by: EU South Baltic Programme 2014-2020

South Baltic Programme EUSBSR Flagship


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Information material:

  • Project Poster
  • Project Leaflet (EN)
  • Postcard "Don't flush" (EN)
  • Postcard Lup Lars Leuchtturm MORPHEUS (EN)
  • Leaflet "Best practices in chemical analysis of pharmaceuticals in the environment" (EN)
  • Leaflet "Advanced treatment technologies for the removal of pharmaceutical substances in WWTPs" (EN)



  • Cornelia Rudolph, European Commission, DG Environment

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