EDC-Free Europe campaign partner CHEM Trust has recently analysed a proposal from the German Risk Assessment Institute (BfR) for an additional option (’4b’) to identify EDCs as part of the EU’s currently investigation into the potential impacts of different ways of setting criteria to identify these chemicals. The EU has proposed four options, but at a EU conference in June, BfR presented their additional option.
In a recent briefing, CHEM Trust finds that this additional option ’4b’ is not a good method to set criteria, from both a scientific and policy point of view. Although this proposal may at first sight look like a reasonable way of identifying those EDCs of regulatory concern, it actually has several fundamental flaws in its approach to the science and policy around these chemicals.
In CHEM Trust’s view the main impact of “option 4b” will result in fewer EDCs being affected by regulation. This will therefore not provide adequate protection for human health and the environment.