CHEM Trust, together with Health and Environment Alliance, have just published a comment piece in Euractiv: "Endocrine disruptors pose a substantial risk to public health, yet the European Commission has dawdled time and again on introducing measures that would finally limit their use. Now is the time to put this right, write Genon Jensen and Michael Warhurst." text continues … [Read more...] about Endocrine disruptors: ‘Better Regulation’ or better public health?
Europe's pesticide regulations aim to ensure a high level of protection of human, animal and environment health. An important part of the law is that certain harmful pesticides, including those that cause cancer or are endocrine disrupters (disrupt hormones, EDCs), cannot be approved unless there is 'negligible exposure' of people and the environment to them under realistic … [Read more...] about Is the EU Commission trying to allow continued use of harmful pesticides by misinterpreting an exemption?
In recent weeks the International Federation of Gynaecology and Obstetrics has expressed their concerns about the impact of exposure to toxic chemicals on reproduction and development, while scientists from the Endocrine Society have re-affirmed their concerns about endocrine (or hormone) disrupting chemicals (EDCs). Meanwhile, the authors of an important WHO/UNEP report on … [Read more...] about Leading health professionals agree that toxic chemicals threaten healthy reproduction and development
The European Commission is currently investigating the potential impacts of different ways of setting criteria to identify Endocrine (or Hormone) Disrupting Chemicals (EDCs) and has proposed four options. At a recent European Commission conference at the beginning of June the German Risk Assessment Institute (BfR) presented an additional option, which they called 'option 4b'. … [Read more...] about Setting criteria to identify endocrine disrupters: proposed option ‘4b’ from German BfR is not a solution
Two recent reports have highlighted the way in which certain industries have been lobbying against EU regulation of hormone disrupting chemicals. … [Read more...] about Exposed: Impact of industry lobbying – and potentially TTIP – on regulation of hormone disrupting chemicals
CHEM Trust was among the many participants in yesterday’s European Commission conference on hormone (or endocrine) disrupting chemicals (EDCs). The Commission's Health Department (DG Santé) had organised the conference to discuss the next steps of an impact assessment on the potential socio-economic impacts of draft criteria to identify EDCs. Once finalised, these criteria will … [Read more...] about EU Conference on hormone disrupters: What did we learn?
2023 On 22nd June 2023, Dr Michael Warhurst gave an on-line lecture on "The policy response to uncertain risks: why we should substitute the most hazardous chemicals" to the Masters in Chemical Risk Management course at the University of Cape Town, South Africa. On 4th May 2023, Dr Michael Warhurst gave a presentation on "The policy response to uncertain risks: why we should … [Read more...] about Talks and comment pieces
We are now in the final week of the European Commission’s consultation on Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals (EDCs), and today CHEM Trust submitted our response to the consultation. [Update: consultation has now finished]. Here are some of the key points we make in our response: We support the proposal to use three different categories to define endocrine disrupting chemicals – … [Read more...] about The CHEM Trust view on the EU consultation on criteria for Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals (EDCs)
Today we are launching a new list of frequently asked questions (FAQ) about hormone disrupting chemicals (or endocrine disrupting chemicals - EDCs - to use the more technical term). The full list of questions & answers is here, examples include What are EDCs?, Is Hormone Disruption a new issue?, What sort of chemicals are Hormone Disrupters, what are they used for? In … [Read more...] about Hormone disrupting chemicals: New FAQ & a chance to tell the EU to act! (updated)
On Thursday 20th November CHEM Trust, along with other civil society organisations, delivered a letter for President Juncker to the European Commission's headquarters building in Brussels. The letter asks the new President of the European Commission to take action to minimise our exposure to hormone (or endocrine) disrupting compounds. … [Read more...] about We ask President Juncker to act to protect the public from hormone disrupting chemicals