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!
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.
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).
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.
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 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 environment.
The European Commission’s proposed criteria for identifying endocrine-disrupting chemicals should be amended, as they will not protect the health of European citizens. In a letter to European Members of Parliament, Wemos and two other organizations call upon the members to reject the current criteria. On September 28th, the Commission ENVI of the European Parliament voted to object to these criteria.
At the 70th World Health Assembly in Geneva, Wemos delivered a statement on the roadmap on chemical management in collaboration with Medicus Mundi International and the People’s Health Movement. This is an important moment because the international community is about to adopt this roadmap.
Chemicals in food contact materials and other widely used consumer products can harm brain development in children. This is the conclusion of a new report of the British organization CHEM Trust which is published today. Wemos publishes the report in the Netherlands.
Together with the Institute for Environmental Studies (IVM) of the VU University Amsterdam, Wemos studied urine samples of four Dutch politicians to determine whether they had been exposed to the endocrine-disrupting chemicals (EDCs) BPA and phthalates. In the Dutch TV programme Radar, Wemos’ global health advocate Annelies den Boer showed them the results of the test: all four had indeed been exposed to BPA and phthalates.