In an article published on July 21, 2016 by the non-profit organization CHEM Trust, Ninja Reineke informs that CHEM Trust has submitted a response to the European Commission’s (EC) public consultation on the criteria to identify endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs). The EC published a proposal for EDC criteria in the field of plant protection products and biocides on June 15, 2016 (FPF reported). CHEM Trust and many other environment and health groups as well as the science community have criticized the EC’s EDC criteria for not adequately protecting human health and the environment from the adverse effects associated with exposure to EDCs (FPF reported). The EC has now opened a public consultation on its proposal for EDC criteria and feedback can be given until July 28, 2016 (FPF reported).

In its response to the EC’s public consultation, CHEM Trust’s “main point is that the current wording of the Commission proposal requires such a high burden of proof, that there will almost certainly have to be harm to humans or the environment before a chemical can be identified as EDC.” CHEM Trust recommends identifying EDCs through a three category approach, as used for carcinogens, mutagens and reproductive toxins. In conclusion, CHEM Trust “calls on the EU institutions to change [the EC’s] proposal in order to live up to the legally agreed high protection for wildlife and people.”

Read more

Ninja Reineke (July 22, 2016). “CHEM Trust calls for significant improvements as Commission consults on EDC Criteria.CHEM Trust