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NGO platform: Time for EU to act on endocrine disruptors

HEALer Lisette van Vliet recently commented on the delay of the EU strategy on endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs) in a briefing by Chemical Watch.

Earlier this year UNEP and the WHO called EDCs a ‘global threat’ that need to be resolved. It is widely recognised that the EU’s EDCs strategy needs updating to take in account the advances in science as well as legislative developments.

Despite a thorough process of consultation on the EU’s strategy between the EU Commission, EU Member States, industry groups, public interest groups and other stakeholders, the publication of the review of the old strategy and its revision, has been delayed several times.

Since 1999 when the EU’s strategy was published, our knowledge about EDCs has grown. Now there is a body of science on the impacts of EDCs on health such as diabetes, obesity and early puberty as well as human biomonitoring evidence of EDC exposure showing that the public is constantly exposed, even before birth.

HEAL, along with its campaign partners in the EDC-free Europe coalition (, deplore the delays of the EU strategy on EDCs, as each one further prolongs people’s exposure to chemicals. EDCs are linked to many serious chronic diseases in humans and health problems in wildlife, and puts off actions to reduce exposures. HEAL hopes that at the very least, a vigorous revised strategy is published by the end of this year.

You can read the full Chemical Watch briefing here

The views expressed in contributed articles are those of the expert authors and are not necessarily shared by Chemical Watch.

Last updated on 16 December 2013

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