European Commission’s roadmap on endocrine-disrupting chemicals is not far-reaching enough

In a reaction to the European Commission’s roadmap on endocrine-disrupting chemicals, Wemos calls on the Commission to design a comprehensive strategy that minimizes and eventually ends the exposure of European citizens to endocrine-disrupting chemicals (EDCs).

While we applaud that the Commission aims to better regulate EDCs, we are concerned because the proposed plans do not entail a comprehensive approach to EDCs, particularly regarding the circular economy. The transition to a circular economy is exciting, but progress is hampered by the use of chemicals in products that have a negative effect on the environment and human health, and that hinders our recycling efforts.

 

Circular economy

In our response, we outlined what a comprehensive strategy on EDCs should look like. This includes (among others):

  • Base the strategy on the precautionary principle.
  • Create coherent legislation to ban EDCs and to end exposure to EDCs; this includes EDCs in food packaging.
  • Ensure that the European regulation on chemicals, REACH, is well implemented, including for EDCs.
  • Stimulate the use of safe alternatives by adhering to the ‘polluter pays’ concept (EDCs come with high health costs).
  • Invest in research on safe alternatives for EDCs and ways to stimulate the use of safe alternatives.

 

We ingest, absorb and breathe harmful chemicals like EDCs on a daily basis. Evidence on the adverse health and environmental effects of EDCs is increasing. To protect the right to health for all, we must end exposure to these chemicals.

 

Read more about our work on EDCs

 

Please also read the collective statement of the EDCfree network, which contains detailed propositions for an ambitious future-proof strategy on EDCs.

 

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