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EDC Free Europe

Breast Cancer UK is part of a coalition of public interest groups representing more than 31 organisations across Europe. Our campaign partners include trade unions, consumers, public health and healthcare professionals, advocates for cancer prevention, environmentalists and women’s groups.

The EDC-Free Campaign calls on the European Union to produce a new European EDC strategy based on the most up to date science that is fit for purpose in the 21st century.

What are EDCs?

Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals (EDCs) refers to a group of chemicals which can interfere with or mimic the natural hormones in our bodies.  They are also referred to as Hormone Disrupting Chemicals. 

Many chemicals are known to have hormone disrupting properties but many chemicals have never even been tested for hormone disrupting effects. 

EDCs have been linked to a range of health problems including breast cancer and can turn up in a range of everyday products.   

For example, chemicals called parabens are used as preservatives in cosmetics and household cleaners; plastic softeners such as some phthalates are used in flooring and packaging and Bisphenol-A is used to make polycarbonate plastic which is used in food packaging, tin linings and plastics casings such as those used for mobile phones and laptops.  

Why was the EDC-Free coalition formed?

The EDC-Free coalition was formed because we're all concerned about the impacts that hormone disrupting chemicals (also called endocrine disrupting chemicals, or EDCs) have on public health. 

Everyone is exposed to EDCs in our daily lives. Yet, despite growing evidence that exposure to them is contributing to a range of health problems, European governments have been slow to regulate them. We urge for quicker governmental action to reduce our exposure to these chemicals, throughout Europe.

What is the EDC-Free campaign calling for?

The current European Union (EU) EDC Strategy is outdated and is currently being reviewed. We need a comprehensive new strategy that effectively prevents further ill-health associated with EDCs and that lays out actions for eliminating exposure.

The EDC-Free campaign is calling on the EU to produce a new EU EDC strategy based on the most up to date science that is fit for purpose in the 21st century.

We want to:

  1. Revamp all relevant EU laws to reduce exposure to EDCs
  2. Set out a timetable to capture all sources of EDC exposure ‘across the board’
  3. Respond more swiftly to early warning signals
  4. Enhance public awareness of EDCs

How can I help?

Help us get the message out to decision makers that we want an EDC-Free Future.

Take part in the online photo 'Call for Action' and we’ll take your message directly to the decision makers.

With your help, we can speed up governmental action.

For more inforamtion about the EDC free Campaign visit their website

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