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French Agency releases new BPA assessment

Campaign partner Réseau Environnement Santé (RES) recently responded to the risk assessment report of bisphenol A, released by the French Agency for Food, Environmental and Occupational Health & Safety (ANSES) on 9 April.

RES welcomes the report, where the institutional expertise of the Agency has in many respects changed significantly, despite pressures that were exerted on ANSES

  • Systematic review of all the literature instead of considering only the studies from industry (meeting good laboratory practice);
  • Recognition of specific toxicological paradigm of endocrine disruption, with priority given to the protection of the fetus;
  • Weight given to the process of hazard identification and assessment and recognition of the limitations of risk assessment;
  • Therefore, interpretation of scientific uncertainty in favour of a precautionary approach rather than inaction and regulatory status quo.

Press release in FR here
Full reports in FR: volume 1 here – volume 2 here
Opinion in EN here


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More than 30,000 signatures to ‘Stop EDCs in toys’

WECF toys pic 1On 9 April campaign partner Women in Europe for a Common Future (WECF France) successfully delivered their petition “Stop endocrine disruptors in toys” to French Health and Environment Ministers.

WECF France stresses the need to act globally to reduce the impact of EDCs on our health as studies across Europe show that bisphenol A, phthalates and other EDCs are all harmful substances found in toys. The European directive on the safety of toys should be revised and the REACH regulations need to incorporate EDCs in their entirety.

At a time when France is developing its National Strategy on EDCs, WECF France on behalf of consumers and the 30,000 signatories who signed the petition, has asked French Health and Environment Ministers to adopt a comprehensive approach to the regulation of EDCs as a category of substances.

To do this, it is necessary to better understand the use of chemicals in toys and mobilise all stakeholders involved – including regulators, manufacturers, distributors, and consumer protection associations. The toy industry must work without causing a risk to health and the environment.

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Save the date! Endocrine disruption: Public Health’s new frontier?

Réseau Environnement Santé (RES) and Générations Futures invite you to the conference “Endocrine disruption : Public Health’s new frontier ?” – a lecture by Pr. Andreas Kortenkamp followed by an opened Q&A session.

The conference will be held in English with consecutive French translation.

When: April 26th, 14h-17h30
Where : French Senate, Palais du Luxembourg, Salle Monnerville
15ter rue vaugirard
75006 PARIS
(Metro line 4 ODEON or RER line B LUXEMBOURG)

Nominative subscription is required before April 20th – please send your first and last names, the name of your organisation and your contact details to

A detailed programme will be available soon. Attendance is limited to 117 seats with focus on stakeholders from French and EU on-going work on EDCs.

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Watch this video to celebrate Pesticides Action Week 2013

HEAL and PAN Europe recently launched this video clip to urge organisations to join the “EDC Free campaign” as part of activities in Pesticides Action Week (20-30 March 2013).

The theme of Pesticides Action Week was “Endocrine disrupting pesticides” with the overall aim being to highlight the risks to health and the environment from pesticides – and to promote alternatives. In Brussels, HEAL and PAN E held a briefing for journalists and the video is one of the outcomes of the event.

More information on activities during Pesticides Action week here

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WHO and UNEP report calls endocrine disruptors a ‘global threat’

EDCs who reportEDC Free campaign partners welcomed the release of a new report from the World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) entitled State of the Science of Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals.

This report was written by a group of international experts who outline that evidence linking hormone-mimicking chemicals to human health problems has grown stronger over the past decade, becoming a “global threat” that should be addressed.

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New documentary: EDCs in medical devices

The Danish Ecological Council has recently launched a new documentary film entitled ‘Hazardous Chemicals in our Blood’ which focuses on endocrine disrupting phthalates in medical devices. Vulnerable patients can be exposed to EDCs every day in many hospitals.

Catheters, tubes, blood bags and other medical devices made ​​of PVC contains, in many cases, hormone disrupting phthalates, which are added to make the plastic soft and pliable. The phthalates are especially problematic for vulnerable groups such as premature babies, children and pregnant women.

This  film examines why these harmful chemicals are still present in medical devices and what action needs to be taken to ensure that no unnecessary exposure occurs via medical devices.

View the video here

Short version

Full length

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Which endocrine disrupting insecticides are children exposed to everyday?

The results of the first part of an enquiry by French NGO, Generations Futures into everyday exposure to endocrine-disrupting pesticides was launched on 20 March 2013.

Act now: To demonstrate the urgency of preventative action on EDCs, Generations Futures has developed a series of reports based on analyses and in-depth surveys showing the omnipresence of many EDCs in our environment, which creates a very significant exposure for the population. This series of reports is called EXPPERT (in French, EXposition aux Pesticides PERTurbateurs endocriniens).

EXPPERT 1 shows that we are exposed on a daily basis to two families of endocrine disrupting (ED) insecticides: organophosphates and pyrethroids.

More information available here EN - FR

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EFSA publishes opinion report on EDCs

On 21 March 2013, EFSA released its opinion report on EDCs which is one of the several inputs that contribute to the European Commission’s development of criteria to identify chemicals with endocrine disrupting properties (or endocrine disruptors). The Commission is formulating criteria which can be used in various EU laws, to ensure that a chemical identified as an endocrine disruptor under one law is also considered an endocrine disruptor under a different law.

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