France: the new champion for EDC regulation in Europe?

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After more than one year of parliamentary debates in the French Senate and Parliament, France adopted a law yesterday which bans BPA use in food containers for 0-3 years old in 2013 and for all other food contact uses as from January 1st 2015, with a warning labelling in the meantime.

This outcome is perceived by campaigners such as Réseau Environnement Santé (RES) and WECF France as very positive. They have been pushing for a coherent legislation, covering uses of BPA in bottles and pacifiers, as well as all other food contact uses.

The law also bans the use of phtalate DEHP – a reprotoxic plastifier already banned in toys and childcare articles – in tubulures used in pediatrics, neonatology departments in hospitals and for use by pregnant women and nursing mothers.

But what about toys containing bisphenol A or endocrine disruptors of very high concern? They remain unregulated so far. A situation that WECF has been trying to change for years, and which may soon be reversed, since Delphine Batho, French Ministry of Environment announced on Monday, during an international conference on EDCs, she would support a European ban of EDCs of concern in toys and childcare articles.

Source: From WECF - France: The new champion for EDC regulation in Europe? 14/12/2012