ChildProtect-Life – Protecting Children’s Health from Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals
The ‘ChildProtect-Life’ project coordinated by WECF aims to speed-up implementation of EU environmental regulations with regard to the substitution of EDCs, in line with the EU 2020 goal of minimising adverse effects of chemicals on public health.
Endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs) are found in our daily lives. Phthalates are used in flooring, toys and furniture. Flame retardants are used in curtains and mattresses and Bisphenol-A (BPA) is used in plastics, papers and can linings, as well as in some cosmetics. Many pesticides and biocides contain EDCs and exposure can occur not only via food but also from spray in homes, gardens, public parks and playgrounds.
Although there are a number of environmental regulations that include procedures for addressing EDCs (such as REACH), and the EU Commission has promised to bring out a revised EDCs strategy, many policy makers are not aware of their threat to public health and the environment.
PAN Europe Formulates Policy Recommendations on Endocrine Disrupting Pesticides
PAN Europe has been advocating a proper implementation of the already adapted endocrine policy. The organization first developed a science-based position on the endocrine disrupting pesticides and the criteria used for identification. This position was communicated with several Commission services, with the Commissioner himself, with the European Parliament and media. More >>
Over 2000 Parents and Grandparents Signed Petition to Dutch Health Minister Schippers
16 March 2015
A healthy start for all children free from hormone-disrupting chemicals and other harmful substances, it's every parents wish! And it is now possible. Please sign the petition online (in Dutch).
Petition postcard sent to the Dutch Minister of Health. Translation: More >>
WECF presents film on how to protect children from Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals
Pregnant women know it is important to avoid alcohol, nicotine and certain foods. However, what is less well known is that many everyday products contain pollutants that can also be harmful to your baby. WECF's film gives practical advice on how to avoid exposure to EDCs.
What are EDCs ?
Pesticides, BPA cost Dutch society €6 billion in annual health bills, according to calculations by leading scientists, including ChildProtect Expert More >>