EDC-Free Europe campaigners welcome European Parliament veto to flawed and unlawful criteria


Brussels, 5 October 2017 – The European Parliament showed a red card to the European Commission for proposing flawed identification criteria for endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs).

In a historic moment, a majority of Members of European Parliament (MEPs) voted against the Commission’s proposal, by supporting a motion for objection that was adopted by the European Parliament’s environment committee earlier last week [1].

Copy of September 2017 - MEPs EDCFree (1)

Just prior to the vote, signatures from over 315.000 Europeans urging MEPs to reject the Commission’s proposal and to stand up for health were handed over in a massive online action by EDC-Free Europe campaign partners and SumofUs.

MEPs found that the Commission exceeded its given mandate that tasked it to propose science-based criteria, by introducing a problematic exemption for certain endocrine disrupting pesticides that was not based on science and by doing so outside of the ordinary legislative procedure.

The EDC-Free Europe coalition repeatedly warned that the proposed criteria were not sufficient to protect human health and the environment, not grounded in science, and unlawful. We now call on the European Commission to come up with a new proposal that lives up to citizens’ expectations.

EDC-Free Europe campaign partners across Europe welcomed the European Parliament’s vote on the EDC criteria: 


Center for International Law (CIEL)Historic vote: the EU Parliament rejects Commission’s criteria to identify endocrine disrupting chemicals, stands up for EU health 

ChemSec - Analysis: The parliament’s rejection of the EDC criteria proposal is a victory for democracy 

ClientEarthEU Parliament rejects dangerous and unlawful definition of hormone-harming chemicals 

Health Care Without Harm (HCWH)HCWH Europe welcomes the European Parliament rejection of flawed EDC criteria 

Health and Environment Alliance (HEAL)European Parliament demands ambitious proposal to reduce citizens’ exposure to endocrine disrupting chemicals 

Pesticide Action Network Europe (PAN-Europe)Commission’s endocrine criteria proposal beyond legal mandate, EU Parliament decided

SumOfUs - Update blog: “We won!”


Gezinsbond, Inter-Environnement Wallonie, Kom op tegen Kanker, and Women Engage for a Common Future (WECF) – Russische roulette met hormonen. (Original printed publication in the Standaard available upon request)


Generations FuturesVictoire: Le parlement européen rejette la mauvaise proposition de la Commission européenne sur les perturbateurs endocriniens 

Reseau Environnement SantePerturbateurs Endocriniens: le Parlement Européen bloque le projet de la Commission Européenne

SumOfUs - Update blog: “VICTOIRE !! “

WECF FrancePerturbateurs endocriniens: le PArlement européen vote contre la proposition de la Commission! 


BUNDErfolg! EU-Parlament will besseren Schutz vor Hormongiften 

SumOfUs, PAN Germany, Hej! Support, BUND, WECF Germany, Umweltinstitut München, and CBGEin Erfolg für den Umwelt- und Verbraucherschutz: Halbgarer Kommissionsentwurf zur Identifizierung hormonschädlicher Chemikalien scheitert im EU-Parlament 


Ecologistas en AcciónEl Parlamento Europeo rechaza la propuesta de la Comisión Europea para definir los disruptores endocrinos

Fundacion AlboradaMás de un tercio de las fruta consumida en la UE presenta restos de pesticidas disruptores endocrinos 


Alliance for Cancer PreventionEuropean Parliament rejects unworkable and unlawful chemical regulation for endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs) 

DES DaughterEU Parliament MEPs reject endocrine disrupters proposal 


Additional notes: 

[1] MEPs adopted the proposed objection to the proposed criteria by 389 votes vs 235. The full resolution can be found here.

[2] http://europa.eu/rapid/press-release_IP-17-1906_en.htm