HEAL, alongside a coalition of environment and health groups and trade unions, have called on the European Union to ensure the effective regulation of chemicals that damage the hormone (or endocrine) system to protect health and the environment.
Evidence of the harmful effects of endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs) on health, and especially of pre-natal effects as a result of parental exposure, is growing rapidly. Reducing exposure is increasingly seen as a key tool for preventing cancer and other chronic disease. Specifically, the groups call for a strategy to identify EDCs and to speed up control of EDCs to reduce exposure. Read more…
The groups’ call was announced at the same time as the leading US non-profit health group, The Endocrine Disruption Exchange (TEDX), released a revised list of Potential Endocrine Disruptors. The list details some 800 chemicals, each one has verified citations to published, accessible, primary scientific research demonstrating effects on the endocrine system. The new list will continue to be updated as new studies are published and prior research is uncovered for endocrine disruptors not yet on the list.
Written on 1 June 2011.
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