Shaping an ambitious legislative framework for endocrine disruptors
On 7 June 2023, ESE will continue its push for better chemicals legislation in Europe by organising the event "Shaping an ambitious legislative framework for endocrine disruptors: A high-level panel discussion on the gaps between science and legislation”. The meeting will take place in the heart of European democracy, the European Parliament in Brussels, and is organised in association with the Endocrine Society, the European Society for Paediatric Endocrinology and the European Thyroid Association. The meeting is kindly hosted by Members of the European Parliament Sirpa Pietikäinen (EPP, Finland) and Martin Hojsík (Renew Europe, Slovakia).
With the terms of the current European Parliament and Commission slowly coming to an end there are significant concerns that the REACH revision, REACH stands for Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemical Substances, will not be completed in time or that the revision will be rushed through, therefore not leading to the overhaul that is needed to bring the legislation in line with the latest scientific findings. If REACH is not addressed during this legislative term, this could endanger any real progress in EU chemicals legislation for years to come as it is impossible to predict what priorities the next European Commission, European Parliament and Council will have. In addition to revising the overarching legislation, there are several ongoing consultations and political debates within the existing REACH framework around restriction of groups of chemicals including PFAS and Bisphenols. Banning or minimising the presence of these groups of chemicals could significantly contribute to reducing the onset of endocrine and other diseases.
We call on the European endocrine community to join us in our efforts to reduce the presence of endocrine disruptors in our environment by engaging with us on social media around the event to create the necessary buzz that will draw the attention from policy makers and the general public in Brussels and the rest of Europe.
For more information and to register (for those living in or around Brussels), please visit the event page.