EDC-Free campaigners criticize vote on first ever EDC criteria


Brussels, 10 July 2017 – Last week, representatives of European member states from the EU pesticides committee adopted the criteria that are supposed to be used to identify endocrine disrupting chemicals (or EDCs) in the future.

Following this vote, many EDC-Free campaigners have expressed disappointment. The EDC-Free coalition regrets the insufficiency of the criteria adopted, which will not guarantee the level of protection for human health and the environment that is urgently needed and that scientists and citizens are calling for from across the EU.

Ahead of the vote, three highly respected international scientific societies of endocrinology raised the alarm bell about the shortcomings of the proposed criteria, urging member states not to approve them in their current state. Meanwhile, over 465,000 people all across Europe signed a petition calling on member states to reject the EU Commission’s proposal.

Strong EDC criteria would allow Europe to lead the world by example and to initiate urgently needed measures to reduce our unnecessary exposure to toxic substances. The criteria voted today contain a flawed loophole and require such a high level of proof that they will not protect people or wildlife. We call on the European Parliament to reject these criteria” says Genon K. Jensen, EDC-Free Europe spokesperson. Read the full reaction here.

EDC-Free Europe campaign partners across Europe criticize the vote on the first ever EDC criteria: 


Center for International Environmental Law (CIEL) - Press release: ‘EU States approve criteria to identify endocrine disrupting chemicals, delivering gift to pesticide industry at the expense of human health’; and blog: ‘What’s next for the EU criteria to identify endocrine disruptors: A legal map of the adoption process’
ChemSec  - Analysis: What will this week’s EDC criteria vote mean in practice?
CHEM Trust - Identifying EDCs: EU Government experts adopt flawed criteria
ClientEarth – Illegal and dangerous endocrine disruptor criteria approved
Health Care Without Harm (HCHW) - blog ‘I can’t believe the news today’ and press release ‘NGOs call on European Parliament to reject flawed criteria for the sake of human health and environment protection’
Health and Environment Alliance (HEAL) - Euractiv column ‘Addressing endocrine disrupting chemicals requires an integrated strategy‘ and press release NGOs acknowledge vote on first ever EDC criteria – Call on European Parliament to reject flawed criteria for sake of health
Pesticide Action Network Europe (PAN-Europe)EU Member States finally agree on criteria to identify Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals (EDCs), but this is hardly a success…
WECF International - NGOs acknowledge vote on first ever EDC criteria – call on European Parliament to reject flawed criteria for the sake of human health and environment protection


Gezinsbond - Europa legt hormoonverstoorders weinig in de weg, 4 July (pdf available upon request)
IEW, Gezinsbond, Test-Achats - Critères d’identification des perturbateurs endocriniens – une décision décevante dans un dossier majeur pour la santé et l’environnement


France Nature Environnement - Perturbateurs endocriniens : à Bruxelles, un vote pas la hauteur du risque pour la sante des citoyens
Generations Futures - Perturbateurs endocriniens : la France permet l’adoption de critères insuffisants pour protéger la santé humaine et l’environnement !
Reseau Environnement Sante - Perturbateurs Endocriniens : la Commission Européenne continue de mener une bataille d’arrière-garde contre l’évidence scientifique.
WECF France - Perturbateurs endocriniens : des critères enfin adoptés, mais décevants


Hej! Support – EU pesticides committee votes for flawed EDC criteria
WECF Deutschland, PAN Germany, HEJ! Support, BUND, Umweltinstitut Munchen, SumOfUs, CBG - Kein ausreichender Schutz vor Hormongiften: Mitgliedstaaten stimmen für Kriterien-Vorschlag der EU-Kommission zur Identifizierung von hormonschädigenden Chemikalien 


WECF NetherlandsNGO’s en endocrinologen luiden alarmbel over Europese EDC-criteria





Ecologistas en Accion -Europa aprueba unos criterios de disruptores endocrinos defectuosos  




Alliance for Cancer PreventionFlawed and ineffectual Endocrine disrupting chemical criteria agreed by European Commission.
Breast Cancer UKHuman health endangered by flawed EDC criteria
DES DaughterCoalition of more than 70 NGOs call on EU Parliament to reject EDC criteria