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European Parliament puts Endocrine Disruptors on the agenda

The European Parliament’s Committee on Environment, Public Health and Food Safety will soon vote on a report on the Protection of Public Health from Endocrine Disruptors. HEAL urges further strengthening of the report in order to lay the basis for an ambitious new EU Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals (EDC) strategy, for high quality criteria to identify EDCs and for a sound review of EDCs treatment in REACH Authorisation.

Rapporteur MEP Åsa Westlund’s draft report shows strong concern about the public health impacts indicated from the cumulative array of scientific evidence, and underlines the need to reduce human exposures. The draft report also calls for the EU to consider introducing a separate regulatory hazard classification for endocrine disruptors, and to introduce appropriate testing requirements for EDCs in all related EU legislation. The Rapporteur and her opposite numbers from the other political groups are now discussing incorporation or rejection of 157 proposals for changes to the report (compromise amendments). The Committee will vote on the draft report and the compromise amendments on January 23rd.

The current draft report is available in all the EU languages here

Last updated on 12 December 2012

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