European Commission surveys EU legislation on endocrine disruptors


The European Commission initiated an expert stakeholder consultation on the EU legislation on EDCs. The fitness check aims to evaluate whether existing EU legislation on EDCs is coherent and delivering on its objectives to protect human health and the environment – an exercise that was long overdue considering the last EU strategy on EDCs dates from 1999.

The ESE EDC working group, chaired by Prof Josef Koehrle, Charité – Berlin, provided input to the fitness check, and formulated the following key recommendations:

1. Harmonise the regulatory framework in line with the WHO definition for EDCs and ensure horizontal interpretation and application
2. Create a new category of ‘Suspected EDCs’ and increase capacity for their examination
3. Follow a hazard-based approach to decide which chemicals should be allowed within the EU
4. Reduce the required evidence to classify a biocide product as (hazardous) EDC
5. The use of EDC tests, covering all EDC modalities and endpoints, should be made compulsory in all application dossiers submitted by the industry
6. Introduce EU policies and legislation to address the ‘cocktail effect’
7. Any data available to industry must be made publicly available in case of EDC evidence or suspected EDC
8. The EU should take more measures to inform the public about the presence of EDCs in our environment and their potential impact on human and animal health

In parallel, the European Commission has launched a public consultation targeting the general public to evaluate to what extent current EU legislation meets the concerns and needs of citizens, and to identify opportunities for improvement in the way endocrine disruptors are assessed, managed and potential risks communicated.

On behalf of your organisation, or as an individual, please take 10 minutes to respond to this EU public consultation to show your concern and support for more urgent action to address the ubiquitous nature of EDCs in our environment. The deadline is 9 March 2020.

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On Tuesday 18 February a delegation from ESE, chaired by Monica Marazuela with the expert support of Josef Koehrle (Berlin-Germany), Anna-Maria Andersson (Copenhagen, Denmark) and Majorie van Duursen (Amsterdam – The Netherlands) had meetings at the European Commission DG Environment and with members of the European Parliament.

The main purpose of these meetings was to further clarify the input that the ESE EDC Working Group provided to the ‘fitness test’- consultation and address outstanding questions from the different stakeholders.

The picture below shows the ESE delegation with Mr Daniel Calleja (Director General of DG Environment), Mrs Cristina de Avila (Head of the Sustainable Chemicals Unit) and Mr Jordane Wodli (Policy Officer at DG environment).

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The Commissions Beating Cancer Plan is also open for consultation. This consultation concerns the overall road map the commission has laid out for this plan and will influence the EU research programme, Horizon Europe, the EU Health Programme and the EU Cancer Mission.




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