On April 29, 2014 Ségolène Royal, French Minister for Ecology, Sustainable Development and Energy, presented the French national strategy on endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs) to the National Council on the Ecological Transition. The strategy aims to reduce population exposure to EDCs and announces three concrete actions. As such, it proposes to ban bisphenol A (BPA) from cashier receipts, and to control EDCs in toys, especially BPA and pththalates. Thirdly, the strategy announces the evaluation of the safety of 5 further substances, namely methylparaben (CAS 99-76-3), boric acid (CAS 10043-35-3), butylated hydroxyanisole (CAS 25013-16-5), 1,2-cyclohexane dicarboxylic acid diisononyl ester (DINCH, ) and di-(2-ethylhexyl) terephthalate (DEHTP, CAS 6422-86-2) by the French Agency for Food, Environmental and Occupational Health & Safety (ANSES) in the course of 2014; all five substances are also authorized for use in plastic food contact materials in Europe. The national strategy foresees that France will play a major role in moving the European EDC strategy forward and in addition supports an increase in EDC research, the advancement of industrial innovation, the creation of expertise on EDCs, the analysis of at least 8 suspected EDCs during 2014, and the improvement of consumer information. The national strategy will be taken into account in the upcoming national health-environment plan which is currently being elaborated.

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Ministère de l’écologie, du développement durable et de l’énergie (April 29, 2014). “Ségolène Royal préside le Conseil national de la transition écologique et présente la stratégie nationale contre les perturbateurs endocriniens.(in french)

Ministère de l’écologie, du développement durable et de l’énergie (April 29, 2014). “Strategie nationale sur les pertubateurs endocriniens.” (pdf, in french)

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