We are all exposed to hormone disrupting chemicals in our daily lives (also called endocrine disrupting chemicals – EDCs). But despite growing evidence that exposure to them is contributing to a range of health problems, governments have been slow in regulating and eliminating this exposure. This Call for Action arises from the urgent need to reduce people’s exposure to EDCs and states what the EU and national governments should do. Read more
We are deeply concerned about EDCs because they may be making all of us more susceptible to many serious and potentially lethal diseases and health disorders. These include reproductive and fertility problems, cancers, neurological impairment, and obesity and diabetes. People are most vulnerable to endocrine disruption during infancy and childhood, and especially before birth, when developing in the womb.
Recent human biomonitoring studies from across Europe have shown the extent of our chemical contamination. The studies, which look at the levels of certain chemicals in body fluids such as urine, found certain EDCs in both children and their mothers.
Wildlife is also suffering from exposure to hormone disrupters. Fish, birds, otters and even polar bears are showing adversely affected reproduction in polluted areas all over the world. This means EDCs are threatening the survival of some populations in wildlife species.
During 2013, EU member governments and the European Commission will make significant decisions on the regulation of EDCs. This means we have a unique opportunity to prevent diseases and to reduce the rising costs of healthcare associated with EDCs-related illnesses. We need strong legislation to eliminate our exposure to EDCs, which will drive innovation for safer chemicals and safer products, and thereby create a healthier future for us all.