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Joint position paper on DEHP in PVC plastic

55 European and international civil society organisations have asked the EU Commission to reject authorisation of hazardous DEHP in PVC plastic.

Letter to Mr. Jyrki Katainen, EU Commission Vice President for Jobs, Growth, Investment and Competitveness available here

By early 2015, the EU Commission must decide whether or not to grant authorisation for the continued use of the plasticizer DEHP in PVC plastic (for both raw and recycled) articles in Europe, many of which end up in consumer products. This follows the delivery of opinions on this substance by the European Chemicals Agency’s (ECHA) Risk Assessment Committee (RAC) and Socio-Economic Committee (SEAC).

The undersigned human health and environment public interest groups, strongly oppose any authorisation for the use of DEHP in PVC articles for the reasons outlined in the position paper here

European Organisations:

Action For Breast Cancer Foundation
European Academy for Environmental Medicine (EUROPAEM)
European association EUROSOLAR for renewable energy
European Environmental Citizens Organisation for Standarisation (ECOS)
The European Environmental Bureau (EEB)
Health and Environment Alliance (HEAL)
Health Care Without Harm Europe (HCWH Europe)
Pesticide Action Network-Europe (PAN-Europe)
Women in Europe for a Common Future (WECF)
Zero Waste Europe (ZWE)

EU National Organisations:

Alliance for Cancer Prevention, UK
Arnika Association, Czech Republic
Spanish association for environmental education-Asociación Española de Educación Ambiental (AEEA)
Baltic Environmental Forum (BEF), Lithuania
Breast Cancer UK
The British Society for Ecological Medicine (BSEM)
Calla - Association for Preservation of the Environment
Calla/Sdružení pro záchranu prostředí, Czech Republic
The Cancer Prevention & Education Society (CPES), UK
El Centre d’Ecologia i Projectes Alternatius (CEPA), Spain
Centre for Environment and Health- Centrum pro životní prostředí a zdraví, Czech Republic
Centre for sustainable alternatives (CEPTA), Slovakia
Ecologists’ federation of Catalunya- Federació Ecologistes de Catalunya (CEPA-EdC), Spain
CHEM Trust, UK
ČSOP JARO Jaroměř, Czech Republic
The Danish Consumer Council
The Danish Ecological Council
Ecobaby Foundation, The Netherlands
Ecological Recycling Society (ECOREC), Greece
Ecologistas en acción, Spain
Fédération Inter-Environnement Wallonie (IEW), Belgium
Fondo para la Defensa de Salud Ambiental-Fodesam, Spain
France Nature Environnement (FNE)
Friends of the Earth Czech republic-Hnutí DUHA
Friends of the Earth Germany-BUND
Friends of the Earth Netherlands-Milieudefensie
Fundació Catalana per a la Prevenció de Residus i el Consum Responsable –FPRC, Spain
Fundación Alborada, Spain
Fundacion Vivo Sano, Spain
Greenpeace Czech Republic
Institute for Sustainable Development, Slovenia Instituto Ecohabitar para la sostenibilidad, Spain
Jegrelius Institute for Applied Green Chemistry, Sweden
The Pregnancy, Childbirth and Parenting Centre- Initiativ Liewensufank, Luxemburg
Quercus – National Association for Nature Conservation, Portugal
Réseau Environnement Santé (RES), France
UK Royal College of Physicians
South-Eastern Norway Regional Health Authority-Helse Sør-Øst RHF
Swedish Society for Nature Conservation (SSNC)
Wemos Foundation, The Netherlands

International organisations:
The Center for International Environmental Law (CIEL)
Clean Production Action (CPA)
Environmental Health Strategy Center

Originally posted on 25 November 2014

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