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Children and EDCs: Génon K. Jensen to speak at Brussels conference

On 19 – 20 February HEAL’s Executive Director will participate at an event organised by HEAL member Women in Europe for a Common Future (WECF) to launch their ChildProtect project on EDCs.

Endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs) are found in our daily lives. Phthalates are used in flooring, toys and furniture. Flame retardants are used in curtains and mattresses and Bisphenol-A (BPA) is used in plastics, papers and can linings, as well as in some cosmetics. Many pesticides and biocides contain EDCs and exposure can occur not only via food but also from spray in homes, gardens, public parks and playgrounds.

Although there are a number of environmental regulations that include procedures for addressing EDCs (such as REACH), and the EU Commission has promised to bring out a revised EDCs strategy, many policy makers are not aware of their threat to public health and the environment.

The ‘ChildProtect-Life’ project coordinated by WECF aims to speed-up implementation of EU environmental regulations with regard to the substitution of EDCs, in line with the EU 2020 goal of minimising adverse effects of chemicals on public health.

Exposure to EDCs can cause harmful health effects in both adults and children. Pregnant women for example can transfer chemicals to the developing child in the womb and later through breast milk. Even very low doses can have life-long, irreversible effects, limiting a child’s full development and future participation in social and professional life. Public authorities in charge of public health protection and food and product safety need to be better informed about EDCs.

The project seeks to develop innovative and multi-sectorial actions that speed-up policy measures and voluntary actions that especially protect children and pregnant women from the harmful effects of EDCs. Such modules can then be replicated in other EU Member States.

To open the event WECF plans to show the trailer for the documentary film ‘Unacceptable Levels’ by American Director Ed Brown.

This film which addresses the theme of the chemicals that are invading our environment won the first-ever Health and Environment Film Prize at last year’s International Environmental Film Festival in Paris. The prize was established by a partnership between FIFE, the festival organisers and HEAL.

More information on the event will be available in due course of WECF’s website here

More information on the project is available here

Last updated on 7 February 2014

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