News 2015 / August

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NGOs and civil society calls for a hazard-based assessment of EDCs, industry does not

Many governments and companies’ calls for a risk-based approach when defining Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals (EDCs) in the EU, a recent report from the European Commisson says.

The European Commission has presented a report from last year’s consultation for setting EDC criteria, which invoked comments from 863 organisations and around 21 000 citizens.

In total, 136 companies provided comments, a majority of them called for a risk-based assessment, rather than a hazard-based. Agriculture companies and farmers argued that a hazard-based assessment would lead to a production stop of important pesticides which could affect the yield of agriculture produce.

Chemical producing companies like BASF argued that a hazard-based assessment does not take all relevant scientific information into account.

ChemSec Business Group members Skanska and Sony Mobile called for a swift decision for EDC criteria in order for them to implement management systems in their respective supply chains and identify these substances.

A majority of the support for the hazard-based approach came from NGOs and other civil society organisations as well as citizens.

Read more at Chemical Watch