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?
2020 Presentation on “The need for new EU legislation on Food Contact Materials” by Science and Policy Consultant Sidsel Dyekjaer at a webinar arranged by Zero Waste Europe on 12th May. The full webinar is available on YouTube. The presentation provided an introduction to chemicals in food packaging for an audience working mainly on recycling issues. Presentation on … [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
Endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs) are chemicals that can disrupt the functioning of the endocrine (or hormonal) systems of humans or wildlife. There are EU laws in place that can restrict their use - but they will only work if there is agreement on how to decide if a chemical is an EDC. The issue of criteria to identify EDCs is therefore vital, as it affects which … [Read more...] about EU Commission starts consultation on Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals (EDCs)