“Protect public from hormone disrupting chemicals” - civil society calls on EU President
Published 25 Nov 2014
Breast Cancer UK has joined together with other health and environment organisations, doctors and scientists to call for immediate action to protect public health from hormone disrupting chemicals.
In a letter delivered to Jean-Claude Juncker, the new President of the European Commission, the organisations criticised the Commission’s current consultation on options for criteria for hormone disrupting chemicals, so-called endocrine disrupting chemicals, or EDCs.
“As it stands, the consultation focuses on the costs to industry for tightening the regulation of these chemicals, but not the huge range of positive benefits that would arise, including new business opportunities from innovation on safer chemicals and significant benefits to public health,” said Lynn Ladbrook, Chief Executive, Breast Cancer UK.
A significant number of reputable scientists are also concerned about the potential health impacts of hormone disrupting chemicals and support action to reduce exposure:
- The World Health Organisation (WHO) & United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) have published: a detailed 2012 report on the State of the Science of Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals; a Summary for Decision Makers (2013) is also available.
- The European Commission published a detailed State of the Art Assessment of Endocrine Disrupters.
- Two large groups of scientists have published joint letters in scientific journals about the importance of taking action on endocrine disrupting chemicals – one in Endocrinology, the other in Environmental Health.
- A large number of scientists have also signed the Berlaymont Declaration, calling for stronger EU regulation of endocrine disrupting chemicals.
Read more about hormone disrupting chemicals here.
Read the letter here.