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19th January 2023

Scotland’s Centre of Expertise for Waters (CREW) joins the OHBP steering group!

OHBP co-founders Rachel Helliwell (CREW), Sharon Pfleger (NHS Highland), Stuart Gibb (Environmental Research Institute-University of the Highlands and Islands), Bess Homer (Scottish Water), and Lindsey Green (SEPA) at the Scottish Environment Business VIBES awards ceremony.

CREW is delighted to announce we are officially a member of the One Health Breakthrough Partnership (OHBP). 

The OHBP was founded in 2017 and is a collaboration between scientists, utilities, regulators, public health specialists and policymakers, working together to tackle the interconnected challenges impacting the health of humans, nature and the environment. OHBP aims to sustainably balance and optimise health outcomes for all, leading to global health security and integrity of ecosystems. 

As a Centre of Expertise, CREW will contribute our experience, operating at the science : policy interface, to build upon our foundational research and develop evidence-based policy that delivers improvements to water quality in Scotland and serve as a model worldwide.

The Water Quality and Health theme within the current CREW programme (2022-2027) closely aligns with the OHBP’s strategic objectives and primary focus on addressing pharmaceutical pollution in the environment. CREW will use our well-established links with stakeholders across the water sector and research community to raise awareness of pharmaceutical pollution and to promote positive action on medicine use and disposal, to reduce the risk of pharmaceutical pollution of Scotland’s water.