Suggestions for new criteria to define hazardous chemicals have been put forward by the UK and German governments that greatly undermine the levels necessary to protect people’s health, according to HEAL member the Pesticide Action Network (PAN) Europe.
The European Commission is currently developing ‘cut-off’ criteria for pesticides that damage the hormone system (so-called ‘endocrine disruptors’) and will release them by 2013, following a requirement of the new EU pesticides regulation. The new law would see a ban of endocrine disrupting pesticides as classified by Europe-wide criteria, an approach that has been welcomed by health and environment groups. PAN Europe warns that what the UK and Germany are proposing will lead again to lengthy discussions about dosage and health effects, instead of having a straightforward ban of endocrine disrupting pesticides. PAN Europe has sent their concerns to the Health Commissioner Dalli and the Environment Commissioner Potocnik.
Written on 1 June 2011.
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