Update on EU Council meeting conclusions on endocrine-disrupting chemicals

ESE welcomes the Council of the European Union Conclusions - in particular their urgent call to the European Commission to adopt “without further delay” an EU strategy for a non-toxic environment - adopted earlier today (Wednesday 26 June 2019) by the EU Environmental Ministers. Another key point highlighted by the Council Conclusions is the importance of research to improve the scientific understanding of the impacts of hazardous chemicals on the environment, health and eco-system resilience, as well as promoting research on improving methods for the identification of hazards related to chemicals.

The Council has also included two other points ESE and its partners actively campaigned for; namely a request to the European Commission to develop a horizontal approach for the hazard-based identification and risk management of endocrine-disrupting chemicals (EDCs) and the need for special attention regarding cocktail effects and combined exposures of humans and the environment from all relevant sources.

Over the past few weeks the ESE EDC Working Group in close collaboration with the ESE Council of Affiliated Societies (ECAS) drafted and disseminated a letter to the Environmental Ministries of the EU Member States calling for their political support to urge the European Commission to finally take the necessary measures that reflect the health and economic impact EDCs have on Europe. This action was part of an 18 month campaign directed towards an improved EU approach towards EDCs.

ESE, EDC Free Europe, the Endocrine Society and other partners will continue to work together with the EU institutions towards the implementation of effective measures to tackle EDCs and establish a non-toxic environment in the EU and beyond.