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MEPs criticize the Commission for delays in tackling hormone-disrupting chemicals

This week, 75 MEPs met with health Commissioner Vytenis Andriukaitis in a plenary session, to raise concerns over endocrine-disrupting chemicals health affecting abilities.

The session was held in the light of numerous recent events where concerns have been raised around the EDC issue. Early February, newspaper The Guardian published an article which reported that “as many as 31 endocrine-disrupting pesticides with a value running into billions could have been banned because of potential health risks, if a blocked EU paper on hormone-mimicking chemicals had been acted upon”.
Another reason behind the MEPs concerns were the Commissions failure to adopt criteria for identifying EDCs on time – the deadline was set to December 2013. Instead the Commission decided to launch an impact assessment on the criteria, a decision that was under scrutiny at yesterdays plenary.

–This plenary shows that it’s not only NGOs that are concerned about the slow progress to define criteria for EDCs. The parliament, media and concerned citizens are also wondering why legal action on these known hazardous substances is missing, says Frida Hök, ChemSec policy advisor.

MEPs voted for a resolution already in March 2013, that aimed to reduce exposure to these chemicals, which scientists link to a recent rise in cases of impaired sperm quality, early onset of puberty, certain cancers and other disorders.

Watch a video from the debate