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Time to act: protecting children from hormone disrupting chemicals

Executive Director Génon K. Jensen recently participated at a debate organised with policy makers in Brussels to discuss the need to speed up EU action to protect children’s exposure to harmful EDCs.

To launch the Life+ Project “ChildProtect – Protecting Children from Hormone Disrupting Chemicals”, HEAL members Women in Europe for a Common Future (WECF) and PAN-Europe along with Gezinsbond organised a debate in February on EU’s EDC policies with MEPS, scientists, NGOs, and representatives from the Directorate Generals for Health and Environment.

The project targets parents in the Netherlands and Belgium, as well as social entrepreneurs and policy makers across Europe, in an effort to raise awareness on the issue among citizens, increase voluntary substitution of EDCs by businesses, and pressure policy makers to adopt measures against the chemicals.

HEAL Executive Director Génon K. Jensen emphasised the importance of protecting our health from EDCs, particularly our children, who are a key concern for parents, civil society and medical and health organisations in Europe and beyond. HEAL’s calls for the EU Commission to issue a comprehensive EU EDC strategy as soon as possible, stating that we could be incurring very high costs to society from delaying action on a wide range of suspected EDCs.

“We hope that the strategy will set the framework for reducing the exposure of the public as a matter of urgency and we want to see in that strategy a specific timetable of all the relevant legislation and potentially new legislation to address the EDCs,” said Genon.

HEAL and campaign partner’s including WECF are working together through a joint EDC-Free Europe campaign to bridge the science-policy gap and assure application of the precautionary principle.

More information available here

More information on the ChildProtect Life project here

Photo from left to right: Martine Rohl of the Belgian Federal Ministry, Martin Seychell of DG Sanco, WECF Director Sascha Gabizon, Peter Korytar, DG Environment and Genon Jensen, Director HEAL. Photo credits: WECF.

Originally posted on 6 March 2014

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