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WECF – TV report on EDCs

EDC-Free campaign partner Women in Europe for a Common Future Germany (WECF) recently took part in a TV interview on EDCs together with a high representative of the German Federal Environment Agency Andreas Gies.

The interview is available here

During the interview, Andreas Gies said the policy to delay setting a criteria to identify EDCs in the EU can be explained by the interests of the chemicals industry, which wants to sell these products. Germany has the biggest chemical industry in Europe and this is why other countries like France, have better implementation and policy development than Germany.

WECF calls for the rapid implementation of policy directives and wants a criteria set for EDCs. In the long term, there should not be any EDCs in products, but until that is reached, there needs to be a labelling requirement o that consumers know which products contain EDCs.

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EU Council joints EDC court case

The EU Council of Ministers is now supporting a court case against the EU Commission regarding the delay in delivering the criteria for EDCs. The European Parliament is also set to join. The lawsuit was started by Sweden last year.

Last month the Council of the EU voted to join the case against the Commission over its failure to meet its legal obligation to propose criteria for EDCs by the end of 2013. Sweden is asking the court to find the Commission in breach of the biocides regulation for failing to adopt criteria by the deadline set in law. Supporters see a clear hazard-based and scientifically robust definition of EDCs as a crucial step to better public health and environmental protection in Europe. The criteria are also necessary for the pesticides and biocides laws to be fully implemented.

In the Council, 21 Member States voted in favour of joining Sweden’s case, while none voted against in a written vote that ended on 16 January. Four Member States did not respond or abstained by the deadline. Denmark has also joined the case.

In the European Parliament, the environment, public health and food safety committee and the legal affairs committee decided that the Parliament should intervene in support of Sweden. The President of the Parliament has yet to take the final decision. In the meantime, eleven MEPs from all political groups except European Conservatives and Reformists sent a letter to the EU Commissioner for Health Vytenis Andriukaitis, criticising steps taken by the Commission on the EDC criteria in recent months.

Useful information

- EU Council joins EDCs legal action against Commission, Chemical Watch (subscription only)
- Denmark to sue EU Commission over delays on dangerous chemical legislation. Denmark and Sweden concerned about endocrine disruptors, The Copenhagen Post
- Member states and European Parliament join Swedish court case on EDC criteria, ChemSec
- MEP letter to health Commissioner, 20 January 2015

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Over 20,000 individuals say ‘NO’ to hormone disrupting chemicals

The majority of submissions to the EU Commission’s public consultation came from ’Say NO to hormone disrupting chemicals’ online platform launched by the EDC-Free coalition.

In December 2013, the EU Commission missed its deadline to set the criteria for identifying EDCs, due to intensive lobbying by the pesticides and chemicals industry. However, a public consultation was launched later in 2014 to gather feedback.

In just one and a half months from the beginning of December 2014 until the end of the consultation (closed on 16 January 2015) the EDC-Free  coalition received an impressive 20,440 individual submissions via its online platform ‘Say NO to hormone disrupting chemicals’.

final number for consultation 20440

The total number of submissions to the consultation announced by the Commission is 27,087* showing that the impressive results of the platform contributed to the majority of submissions.

As the consultation was highly technical, the EDC-Free coalition took the initiative to launch an easy to use online platform with pre-written answers for individuals to submit to the consultation in a few simple steps. The platform available in seven languages (English, Danish, Dutch, French, German, Spanish and Swedish), allowed individuals from Europe and beyond to tell the EU Commission to remove all hormone disrupting chemicals from our lives to protect health.

*The EU Commission received 27087 responses. A total of 22,411 contributions were received through the official EU Commission online survey (the official and only accepted channel for the consultation), of which 25,000 were submitted via external websites which provided pre-written responses including www.no2hormonedisruptingchemicals.org and www.cyberacteurs.org/ The EU Commission will produce a feedback report to the consultation once the replies are assessed.

More information on the submissions to the consultation available via the official EU Commission website

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Public interest groups say ‘NO’ to EDCs in EU consultation: Use categories and not potency to identify harmful chemicals

EDC-Free campaign partners have publicly shared their official submissions to the EU Commission’s consultation on the criteria to identify hormone disrupting chemicals (known as EDCs).

Scientific evidence links exposure to EDCs to spiralling rates of hormone-related cancers such as breast or testicular cancer, fertility problems, diabetes and obesity as well as learning and behavioural problems in children. Exposure also disrupts the hormonal systems of wildlife. The World Health Organization (WHO) has called hormone disrupting chemicals a ‘global threat’.

There was an urgent need to respond to the Commission’s public consultation to prevent ill health. Campaign partners and supporters across Europe have made their own submissions to call for the removal of EDCs from our lives to protect our health.

Below we provide the links as the submissions from organisations become available. Others will follow. 

Individuals also submitted pre-prepared answers to the consultation via an easy to use online platform set up by the EDC-Free Secretariat. Thanks to this platform entitled ‘Say NO to hormone disrupting chemicals’, the EDC-Free coalition gathered a fantastic 20,440 submissions to the consultation. Information is still available here http://www.no2hormonedisruptingchemicals.org

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New guide on health threats posed by EDCs

Endocrine society IPEN guideOn 9 December,  the Endocrine Society and IPEN released a new guide documenting the threat EDCs pose to human health.

Guide available here

“There is good reason to suspect that increasing chemical production and use is related to the growing incidence of endocrine-associated disorders over the past 20 years, including male reproductive problems, early female puberty, cancers, and pneurobehavioral disorders,” said Endocrine Society member Andrea C. Gore, PhD,
the guide’s lead author.
He added, “Importantly, there is growing evidence that fetuses and children have a particular vulnerability to these chemicals. Introduction to Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals was written to help policymakers and others better understand how these chemicals work and to assist them in making informed policy decisions.” 

IPEN and HEAL released a published a press release on the launch day of the new guide – available here

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EDC-Free Europe offers easy way for citizens to tell EU to stop exposures to EDCs


Brussels, 3 December 2014The EDC-Free Europe coalition has launched an easy to use online platform to ‘Say NO to hormone disrupting chemicals’.

The platform allows individuals from Europe and beyond to tell the European Commission “to remove hormone-disrupting chemicals from our lives to protect our health” by enabling them to respond to an EU public consultation.

The European Commission missed its December 2013 deadline to set the criteria for identifying hormone or endocrine disrupting chemicals, known as EDCs, due to intensive lobbying by the pesticides and chemicals industry. However, a public consultation has now been launched to gather feedback.

It will take you less than five minutes to take action. Just fill in your details and with the help of four simple steps your submission will be sent directly to the European Commission.

The platform is available in English and Spanish. Other language versions coming soon!

Take action here http://no2hormonedisruptingchemicals.org/

Press release available here in English - French - Flemish - Dutch - German and Spanish

Information release available here

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Open letter to EC President Juncker: Protecting public health from EDCs

19 health and environment organisations, doctors, scientists, and concerned professionals of the EDC-Free Europe campaign, wrote to the President of the European Commission Juncker today urging him to ensure that the EU Commission takes clear action to minimise out multiple daily exposures to harmful hormone disrupting chemicals. This would ensure that the EU creates lasting benefits for productivity and health budgets by reversing chronic diseases related to endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs).

You can download the letter here with the 19 signatories

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Public consultation on EDC criteria

The DG for Health and Consumers has opened its public consultation on the criteria to be used to identify endocrine disrupting chemicals in the EU biocides and pesticides legislation. The consultation is seeking expert input and economic data.

Launching the consultation, European Commissioner for the Environment Janez Potočnik said: “Endocrine disrupting chemicals have triggered a substantial debate: there are strong signals from science, there is increasing public and political concern and awareness, while some stakeholders still have doubts. Europe is watching – we need these criteria to improve protection and give industry the certainty it requires. Citizens and stakeholders can help us make an informed decision.” (EC Press release, Commission consults the public on criteria to identify Endocrine Disruptors).

A report from the EDC-Free Secretariat HEAL entitled Health costs in the EU – how much is related to EDCs? launched in June 2014 showed that if only a small portion of hormone-related cancers, diabetes & obesity, and infertility are related to exposure to hormone disrupting chemicals, then policy change on EDCs could save up to €31 billions per year in health costs in Europe.

The Commission said in its press release that it needs to carry out an impact assessment because of the potential socio-economic impacts linked to how the criteria will be defined and the complexity of the issue.

The consultation is being conducted through an online questionnaire that can be found here. It will run for 3 months until 16 January 2015.

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