European Commission’s 2016 work plan ‘missed opportunity’ on EDCs

The European Commission says it will conclude its preparatory work on the dangers of endocrine disruptors and “follow up on it” in its 2016 work plan, released recently. In January, the Commission said that a legislative proposal on endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs) criteria would be issued, after an impact assessment is concluded “in 2016″. This assessment started last year, following publication of the EDC roadmap. A public consultation organised to feed into this ended in mid-January. Responding to the work plan, the European Environmental Bureau’s chemical policy officer, Tatiana Santos, said it was disappointing that the Commission did not include any “concrete initiative to tackle the EDC problem”. She said it had “lost a golden opportunity to take action to protect European citizens from exposure to hormone disrupting chemicals in our daily lives.” “There is an urgent need to reduce people’s exposure to EDCs, since they are well known to cause adverse effect such as cancer, diabetes or infertility,” Ms Santos said. The work plan also says that the Commission’s review of existing occupational health and safety legislation, including those covering carcinogens and mutagens, will “improve the efficiency and effectiveness” of an EU framework for protecting workers. A copy of the workplace is available at: 2016 work plan.

Chemical Watch, 29 October 2015 ; ;