Scientific research shows that even low doses of hazardous substances can affect the development of the immune system, endocrine system and nervous system of the foetus with lifelong impacts.
This is a concern all ChildProtect partners Gezinsbond, WECF, PAN Europe and ChemSec and the Scientific Committee share.
Gezinsbond is a network of families in Flanders, with more than 280.000 members. The Gezinsbond is a pluralistic and democratically structured organisation for all families in Flanders and Brussels. GB defends the interests of families, regardless of religious, ideological or political beliefs, and regardless of the composition of the family (large and young families, families with any or few children, single parents,married or co-habiting couples, stepfamilies, grandparents etc). Children’s health is one of the main focus areas for the Gezinsbond, in particularly the health of babies and small children. Gezinsbond publications reach more than 700.000 people yearly in Flanders and Brussels.
PAN – Pesticide Action Network – Europe based in Brussels is a network organisations with 150 memberorganisations in the European region, including in 25 EU member states. PAN focuses on pesticides, their environmental and health impacts and the legislation regarding their authorization, use and disposal. PAN recently created a network of partners interested in working together on endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs) in pesticides, biocides, consumer goods and plastics. One of the main results of this collaboration had been the Consumer Guide on EDCs in food
WECF, Women in Europe for a Common Future is a network of a 150 women’s and environmental organisations. WECF and its members advocate for non-chemical alternatives worldwide, based on three principles: polluter pays, reversal of the burden of proof and the precautionary principle, and will highlight the gaps and inadequacies in current legislation. WECF raises awareness amongst consumers and encourages them to ask questions about the products they allow into their homes. WECF does not only focus on toxic chemicals in consumer products. In Armenia, Kazakhstan and the Ukraine old pesticide stockpiles pose a serious threat to the environment and public health. Partner organizations try to attract attention to these problems and cooperate with the local and national authorities to isolate or remove the stockpiles and reduce the threat to humans, animals and the environment.
THE SCIENTIFIC COMMITTEE OF CHILDPROTECT
Professor Juliette Legler
Juliette Legler, PhD., is the coordinator of the EU OBELIX project and a Professor of Toxicology and Environmental Health at the Institute for Environmental Studies of the VU University Amsterdam. She was one of several speakers presenting on the public health dangers of EDC’s in the Hague on Wednesday, June 11th, at a round table organised by WECF and Wemos.
Professor Janna Koppe
Chairman Ecobaby, former professor in Neonatology at the University of Amsterdam. Since 1965 she is involved in studies on effects of anti-epileptic drugs, antenatal steroids, surfactant-replacement (after birth), maternal under-nutrition, and dioxins in pregnancy and outcome of the baby.
Dr. Gavin Ten Tusscher
Dr ten Tusscher is a paediatrician in the Department of Paediatrics and Neonatology at the Westfriesgasthuis, Hoorn, Netherlands, with specific interest in paediatric pulmonology, allergies and toxicology. He studied medicine at the University of Amsterdam, where he also trained as paediatrician and achieved his Ph.D. thesis.
Dr ten Tusscher was a member of the EU Technical Working Group on Bio-Monitoring of Children, was Chairman of Health Care Without Harm, Europe for 5 years and is currently Chairman of the Medical Ethics Committee North Holland. Together with Professor Janna Koppe, he leads one of the longest running, on-going paediatric environmental health studies in the world. This Dutch study has been following children for over 20 years since the 1980′s. He has more than 50 publications to his name.
Gezinsbond contacted scientists active in Childproof to be part of the scientific committee for the project. Gezinsbond has worked in close relationship with the different scientists that are part of the Childproof network and that have signed the position paper on EDC’s adopted in February 2014.
Gezinsbond established the Belgian part of the scientific committee for the project, consisting of Professor Greet Schoeters (University of Antwerp), Professor Petra de Sutter (University Ghent) and Professor Catherine Bouland (Université Libre de Bruxelles).
- Professor Dr. Greet Schoeters (https://ec.europa.eu/health/scientific_committees/environmental_risks/docs/cv_scher_schoeters_en.pdf),
- Professor Catherine Bouland (https://www.ulb.ac.be/recherche/portraits-chercheurs/chercheur_39255.html
- Professor Dr. Petra de Sutter https://www.vrouwenkliniek.be/?page_id=763.
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