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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.