New research, published today, finds that there is a link between the exposure of pregnant women to the phthalate DEHP and the development of their baby boys. … [Read more...] about New research shows link between DEHP phthalate exposure and development of baby boys
2020 "Introduction to REACH for scientists" by Dr Michael Warhurst, CHEM Trust webinar 18 June 2020 Dr Michael Warhurst gave a 40 min presentation on EU chemical regulation REACH aimed at scientists. It covers the basics of REACH, how it works, how academic research is being used and what are the opportunities for UK scientists in the future. A video of the presentation … [Read more...] about Talks and comment pieces
The EU's REACH system for regulating chemicals was supposed to bring with it a significant improvement in protection of people and the environment from toxic chemicals. But is it delivering? The latest developments in the debate over alternatives to the phthalate DEHP, used in PVC products, suggest that there are some serious problems. … [Read more...] about Replacing chemicals with safer alternatives – or protecting dirty industry? (updated)
New research has found that the children of women exposed to higher levels of certain phthalate chemicals when pregnant have lower IQ at seven years old. The research, published in the journal PLOS One, looked at the levels of phthalates (a commonly used group of chemicals) in the urine of 328 mothers late in their pregnancy, and then tested the IQ of their children when they … [Read more...] about IQ impacted for children of pregnant women exposed to higher levels of phthalates
Phthalates are a group of chemicals used in a wide range of products - this introduction from a 2013 scientific paper is a good summary: "Phthalates are a group of ubiquitous chemicals present in many consumer products, including building materials, furnishings, clothing, paints, food packaging, toys, personal care products and pharmaceuticals. Many of them are or have been … [Read more...] about Phthalates – they’re all around us and could be having some strange effects…
Last Tuesday I spoke at a Chemical Watch conference in Brussels as part of a day of presentations and discussion about enforcement of EU chemical laws like REACH. As I emphasised in my presentation, REACH is supposed to provide a high level of protection for human health and the environment. This won't happen if companies can dodge their legal responsibilities or if they can … [Read more...] about Are EU laws on chemicals – like REACH – being properly enforced?
Chemical analysis has found that some loom bands & charms have very high levels of phthalates in them - well over 50% in the case of some charms. As the analysts themselves say: " The latest loom bands craze in particular is throwing up some alarming results considering these products are so child appealing" Loom bands - an astoundingly popular craze with children - are … [Read more...] about “Loom band” phthalates case shows chemical regulation isn’t working (updated)