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HARMFUL SUBSTANCES

In 2012, the World Health Organization (WHO) concluded that endocrine-disrupting chemicals (EDCs) pose a threat to global health. Wemos wants to protect the health of Dutch and European citizens by banning these harmful chemicals from our daily lives and environment.

In an alarming report on chemicals that affect our hormones, WHO and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) warned against exposure to EDCs as research has linked them to hormone-related conditions, like fertility problems and certain cancers.

National plans

Exposure to these harmful chemicals calls for action on a global scale and protective policies on national, European and international level. Countries like Denmark, Sweden and France have adopted national plans to protect their populations from exposure to EDCs. A coherent Dutch or European plan to protect public health is still missing.

Wemos advocates protection against harmful substances

Measures delayed, yet urgently needed

The Netherlands has not yet taken far-reaching protective measures against EDCs. Meanwhile, the Dutch population remains unprotected. Measures have been delayed due to the chemical industry’s powerful lobby to sabotage research and thwart legislation. Wemos therefore engages with policymakers and politicians when it comes to legislation on harmful substances and advocates progressive measures to protect human health.

Results of our work

Since we started working on EDCs in 2013, we have booked several tangible results:

  • We have succeeded in putting the issue of EDCs on the Dutch and European political agenda.
  • We have succeeded in drawing attention to the topic among a wider audience by gaining media attention for EDCs.
  • Thanks to our lobby, the Dutch government adopted two resolutions in 2017: one on providing public information on the effects of EDCs on pregnant women, and another one on a ban on Bisphenol A (BPA) in food contact materials.

Collaboration

We work closely with Members of European Parliament by organizing events to inform them and push them to take more protective measures. Thanks to our collaboration with the European network HEAL (Health and Environment Alliance), in 2017 the European Parliament successfully objected to the European Commission’s criteria for identifying these chemicals.

Our highlights of 2018

The start of the new year calls for some reflection. This is why we have compiled an overview of our highlights of 2018. We are proud of the results of our work for health for all. Have a look! 2018 was a year of new collaborations, media attention, joint letters, political support and enlarging our [...]

Countries push EU Commission for initiatives on chemicals and circular economy

In a letter to the European Commission, ten EU Member States have raised their concerns about current delays in delivering commitments to manage chemicals – including the non-toxic environment strategy and the EDC strategy. Wemos applauds this. Ministers from Finland, France, Germany, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Slovakia and Sweden have expressed their concerns. [...]

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 [...]

wemos team 2018

Wemos in 2017: Our annual overview

For nearly 40 years we have been committed to advocate the right to health for everyone worldwide. This did not change in 2017. We are proud to present our new annual overview of 2017. We are fully dedicated to contributing to structural improvements in global health policy. We are therefore excited to share with you [...]

No ban on BPA in food contact materials

There will be no European ban on the endocrine-disrupting chemical Bisphenol A (BPA). The European Parliament has voted that BPA will remain in food contact materials. Wemos regrets that European citizens will therefore remain exposed to this harmful substance. The European Parliament has accepted the European Commission’s proposal to merely lower the migration limit of [...]

European Parliament rejects criteria endocrine-disrupting chemicals

The European Parliament has rejected the European Commission’s proposed criteria for identifying endocrine-disrupting chemicals. These criteria, in their current form, would not sufficiently protect our health. The European Commission will therefore have to go back to the drawing board. Wemos applauds the Parliament’s decision, as this is another step closer towards protecting our health and [...]