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First German-speaking webinar on chronic diseases and EDCs

As part of its Chemicals Health Monitor project, HEAL organised its first webinar in German with Professor Andreas Kortenkamp on the link between chronic diseases, health problems and chemicals.

More than 30 participants from German civil society organisations, public authorities, patient groups, medical doctors as well as industry groups took part in the one hour live session. Professor Andreas Kortenkamp, one of the leading scientists in the field of EDCs and Professor at the Institute for the Environment at Brunel University in the UK, outlined the science on health effects of endocrine disruption and how it can affect human development during key life stages. In his presentation, he focused on male reproductive health and hormonal cancer.

HEAL’s Deputy Director Anne Stauffer addressed the current state of EDCs in EU policy making and presented HEAL’s latest report “Health costs in the European Union. How much is related to EDCs?” in German. The report estimates that daily exposure to food and everyday electronic, cosmetic and plastic products containing hormone disrupting chemicals may be costing up to 5 billion Euros in Germany, and 31 billion Euros per year in the EU.

The presentations were followed by a question and answer session. More webinars on chronic disease and EDCs are planned for later in the year in the framework of the Chemicals Health Monitor Project in Germany. HEAL gratefully acknowledges the financial support from the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB), the German Umweltbundesamt (UBA) and the European Union (EU) for this project.


The webinar has been recorded and its German audio version will be available shortly on the Chemicals Health Monitor German website here.

Originally posted on 24 July 2014

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