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Save the date 4th November! EP event: A cure for bias in chemicals policy

Why EFSA is failing to convince on BPA and how a more robust and transparent approach to the use of expert opinion can help restore trust in the regulatory process.

On 4 November, a lunch time event in the European Parliament hosted by MEP Corinne Lepage will invite participants to compare best practice in medicine for the evaluation and communication of evidence with current practices in the risk assessment of chemicals.

Discussion will be based on the findings of a ground-breaking new report from the Policy from Science Project, examining how EU processes for assessing evidence can be made more scientifically robust, using EFSA’s Expert Opinions on BPA as illustrative case-studies.

Participants will leave with an understanding of the value of systematic review techniques for the transparent and authoritative analysis of scientific evidence, and how these techniques constitute the foundations of a new strategic blueprint for evidence-based decision-making in chemicals policy.

More information on the logistics will follow soon.

TEDX List of Potential Endocrine Disruptors

TEDX screenshot (400x234)Have you been wondering what EDCs might be in your shampoo, or which pesticides or flame retardants are endocrine disruptors?

Now you can find out with the new search page for TEDX List of Potential Endocrine Disruptors that includes 14 different categories to identify the uses and sources of exposure for each chemical. You can also see a short tutorial on how to use the searchable list.

The TEDX List is a database of chemicals with the potential to affect the endocrine system. It’s purpose is to present the chemicals for which at least one peer-reviewed study has been published, so that scientists, regulators, advocates, and the public are better informed.

Click here to access the page.

To date (October, 2013) there are nearly 1,000 endocrine disruptors on the TEDX List. Chemicals can be searched by full or partial chemical name, by CAS1 number, or by categories derived from the uses and sources of the chemicals.

Every chemical on the TEDX List has one or more verified citations. Each citation is from published, accessible, primary scientific research demonstrating effects on the endocrine system.

References are provided to support each chemical’s inclusion on the list. The number of citations presented in the TEDX List has been limited for practical reasons. It does not reflect the relative amount of research that has been done on each chemical and therefore should not be used as a method of ranking or prioritising.

New leaflet: Endocrine disruptors in the healthcare sector – Are there reasons for concern?

HCWH leafletCampaign partner Health Care Without Harm (HCWH) Europe have recently published a new leaflet created for healthcare professionals on EDCs.

The leaflet entitled ‘Endocrine disruptors in the healthcare sector – Are there reasons for concern?’ examines the reasons why we should be concerned, who is at risk and where EDCs are hidden in the healthcare sector.

Despite the increasing awareness of the health effects of EDCs in the European sphere, thorough legislative action has not been taken to reduce the presence of EDCs in the healthcare sector.

The leaflet looks at why harmful chemicals are allowed in this sector and what should be done to move towards an EDC-Free future.

It specifically targets medical doctors or nurses who can facilitate the transition to innovative and sustainable processes in the healthcare sector – to lessen the use of hazardous chemicals such as EDCs and contribute to limit their adverse effects on patient health.

The leaflet is available here in English and French
Post provided by campaign partner Health Care Without Harm Europe (HCWH)

ECOS call for experts for European standards related to chemical substances in construction products

The European Environmental Citizens Organisation for Standardisation (ECOS) is looking for experts to provide expertise and represent, on behalf of ECOS, the environmental interests in the development of European standards related to chemical substances in construction products.

ECOS is looking in particular for experts to represent it in the following groups:

  • CEN/Technical Committee (TC) 351
  • CEN/TC 351 Working Group (WG) 1
  • CEN/TC 351 WG 2

More information on the groups is available in the call for experts document here

The tasks of the expert will include:

  • To monitor the relevant work of the one or several specific technical committees;
  • To participate in and present ECOS’ views in the selected standardisation committee meetings and report back to ECOS Secretariat (circa 2-3 meetings a year);
  • To prepare technical input and position papers in close collaboration with the ECOS Secretariat;
  • To regularly exchange with interested ECOS member organisations and other experts (by e-mail).

Activities are expected to start in October 2013 and will continue in 2014.

To find out more information about the call for experts including the remuneration and how to apply, please click here.

Response requested by no later than 31 October 2013

ECOS is an umbrella organisation representing 30 European environmental NGOs in the development process of European standards and technical product policies related to ecodesign and energy labelling. More information is available at www.ecostandard.org.

 

Sign the petition: Remove EDCs from Beiersdorf products!

Nivea petitionAn online petition has been launched by campaign partner BUND calling on cosmetic producer Beiersdorf to remove any EDC from its products. 

Nivea products are manufactured by Beiersdorf, with lotions containing so-called parabens, which are absorbed through the skin and passed on to unborn children – a worrying discovery for mothers.

The petition has already reached 75,000 signatures!

Only recently, BUND led another petition against the same substances Johnson&Johnsons Penaten baby cream. This campaign was highly successful with Johnson&Johnson products being parabens-free as of mid 2014. This shows how much consumers can achieve!

Sign the petition on change.org here

Latest newsletter from the Danish Consumer Council

Check out all the latest news from The Danish Consumer Council, an EDC-Free campaign supporter.

Banning endocrine disrupters in consumer products is just one of the issues discussed in the latest newsletter. Take a look below:

Newsletter 14 – April 15th/2013
- Combination of EDCs in cosmetics increases risk
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Endocrine disrupter BHA common ingredient in chewing gum in Denmark
- Petition for ban against EDCs in consumer goods
- ‘EDC free’-website launched

More newsletters are available here

New publication on NCDs: Environmental factors one of the main causes of preventable deaths

WECF HEAL NCD reportNon-communicable diseases (NCDs) are now a leading cause of preventable morbidity and related disability, and therefore significantly affect the well-being of many individuals and workers in their daily lives.

A new publication on NCDs aims to provide the latest knowledge from some of the leading experts and organisations from four perspectives: women’s organisations, the health sector, developing countries and trade unions.

The authors identify the links of NCDs with environmental pollution in these four areas and share priorities for preventive policy action as well as sharing instructive case studies. The publication clearly demonstrates environmental factors as major determinants for NCDs, and the related challenge for sustainability.

The publication results from a cooperation of Women in Europe for a Common Future (WECF), Health and Environment Alliance (HEAL), SustainLabour and International POPs Elimination Network (IPEN), with the Regional Office for Europe of UNEP in the context of active participation and engagement of major groups and stakeholders in environment and health agenda setting, policy dialogue and decision-making.

You can find the press release here
The publication is available here

Post provided by campaign secretariat HEAL

IBFAN’s ‘Breastfeeding Briefs’ focuses on infant and young children feeding and chemical residues

The July issue of Breastfeeding Briefs from the International Baby Food Action Network (IBFAN) expands on a statement earlier in the year by IBFAN on Infant and Young Child Feeding and Chemical Residues.

Parents, carers and health professionals are rightly concerned about feeding infants and young children in our polluted world. The presence of toxic substances and chemical residues in numerous foods have harmful effects on children’s health and in this context, we need independent information on the risks and dangers of environmental pollution.

This briefing covers the main chemical residues found in breast milk as well as those found in infant formula, baby foods, feeding bottles and teats. It emphasises the potential for harm to health and development caused by chemical exposure during pregnancy, at a time when the tissues and organs of the unborn child are developing rapidly.

Lastly, it considers the role of breastfeeding in mitigating these harmful effects. Contrary to breastfeeding, formula feeding does not afford any protection to babies exposed to chemicals in the womb. In addition, it contributes to environmental pollution that will eventually increase the risk of exposure of us all, and of women during pregnancy and lactation, to chemicals. It has a negative ecological footprint with consequences for future generations that are aggravated if breastfeeding is discouraged whenever chemical residues are detected in breast milk.

The briefing can be found here
IBFAN’s statement is available here

Post provided by campaign secretariat HEAL