The event aimed to bring the science back to the European Parliament and provide an opportunity for MEPs and participants to ask questions directly to scientific experts about EDCs and help accelerate the process of their correct regulation in the EU.
Academics and researchers in the field of Endocrine Disruption presented the state of the science, covering male reproductive health, breast cancer, and loss of intelligence, amongst other health problems. One Member State civil servant presented the research to date on the health costs arising from EDCs, including the HEAL report from June 2014. They also criticised the EU Commission for the delay in regulating these chemicals to protect human health, particularly the most vulnerable groups in society – pregnant women and babies. “When is enough enough?”; “Do we want to prevent or tidy up?” and “Reaction instead of proactive measures on EDCs” were some of the messages that the scientific community imparted.
The EU Commission Directorate General leading on EDCs, DG Sante, and the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) explained the current regulatory procedures on EDCs (criteria to identify EDCs and the impact assessment on the criteria and regulatory options). A major overlooked gap, noted Professor Kortenkamp, is that the OECD-validated guideline tests needed to detect EDCs (as defined by the World Health Organisation) are not required in EU or US laws, and that many tests also overlook the critical period of biological vulnerability to endocrine disruption during fetal development.
Given the scarcity of data on EDCs due to these gaps, the dilemma is how the EU Commission can properly assess the impacts of certain chemicals being identified as EDCs, and thereby rejected from authorisation as pesticide or biocide substances.
Considering that exposure to EDCs is an issue of concern that has been brought to light due to the recent advances in technology and research, Pesticide Action Network Europe highlights that a collaborative action of all sectors is needed to protect our future generations. The event covered EDCs used in all sectors such as in biocides, household articles, chemicals and cosmetic industries.
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