On November 7, 2018, the European Commission (EC) adopted a communication on endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs) “confirming its commitment to protecting citizens and the environment from hazardous chemicals.” The EU’s strategic approach to EDCs as outlined in the communication aims to 1) minimize overall exposure to EDCs, 2) accelerate research to improve decision-making, and 3) promote an active dialogue between all stakeholders for collaborative work. Further, the EC will launch a “fitness check” of the current legislation applicable to EDCs to assess “whether it delivers on the objectives of protecting human health and the environment.” A public consultation will be included in the fitness check.
The non-governmental organizations (NGOs) Health and Environment Alliance (HEAL) and Center for International Environmental Law (CIEL) commented on the EC’s communication claiming that “it lacks specific measures and timelines on how people and the environment can be better protected from these harmful chemicals.” NGO CHEM Trust added: “In particular the proposal to launch a Fitness Check to assess whether EU relevant legislation on endocrine disrupters delivers on the protection goals will lead to further delays instead of solving known inadequacies in the risk management of EDCs in the EU.” All three NGOs are part of the EDC-Free Europe campaign that published a position paper in May 2018 containing eight specific demands for an EU EDC strategy (FPF reported).
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EC (November 7, 2018). “Communication from the Commission to the European Parliament, the Council, the European Economic and Social Committee and the Committee of the Regions – Towards a comprehensive European Union framework on endocrine disruptors.” (pdf)