HEAL, alongside other non-governmental organisations have called on the European Union to rapidly review 22 endocrine (hormone) disrupting chemicals (EDCs) within the REACH legislation because of their effects on health. These chemicals are part of a new SIN (‘Substitute it now’) List 2.0 compiled by the International Chemical Secretariat (ChemSec) and supported by 11 independent, non-governmental organisations.
The 22 chemicals are linked to cancer, diabetes, behavioural and attention deficit disorders, as well as impaired fertility. Many of these chemicals are commonly found in toys, food packaging, and cosmetics. This short list of chemicals is just a drop in the bucket and only focuses on an initial set which would fall under the REACH regulation. A much more extensive list of EDCs, some 800 substances, was released in May by the TEDx.
HEAL’s position on how EDCs or hormone disrupters should be regulated can be found in the joint position paper requirements for the proper regulation of hormone disruptors.
Read the HEAL press release
Written on 1 June 2011.
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