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PVC-free Blood Bag: A cooperation between industry and healthcare for a non-toxic life Did you know currently used blood bags in healthcare might pose risks to your health? At this moment, no acceptable PVC-free blood bag for red blood cells is available on the market. Today’s bag is made of PVC (polyvinylchloride) and has up to 40 percent plasticizer to make it soft. More >>

Environment Council: 9 Member States urge the Council to target chemicals policy and non-toxic environment WECF Press release, 18th December 2014 Ministers of the environment of the 28 gathered yesterday in Brussels for a last meeting during the Italian presidency. Besides key agenda topics like climate change, 10 countries supported an initiative to address chemicals policy, with the ultimate goal of reaching a non-toxic environment More >>

Briefing rapport Gezondheidsraad hormoonverstorende stoffen in Tweede Kamer Volgende week dinsdag, 4 november, vindt in de Tweede Kamer een technische briefing plaats van het rapport van de Gezondheidsraad over “prenatale gezondheidseffecten van schadelijke stoffen’ , dat in maart verscheen. In het rapport worden hormoonverstorende stoffen besproken. Maar in plaats van lezen kun je nu ook een film bekijken More >>

European Commission is consulting public on identifying EDCs The European Commission is consulting organisations and individuals on identifying Endocrine Disruptors (EDCs). With the on-line consultation the Commission wants the public to help define criteria for EDCs as required by the regulations on biocidal and plant protection products. EDCs are artificial hormones that act as natural ones in our More >>

Guest column ChemWatch: Axel Singhofen, Green MEPs adviser Global Business Briefing, July/August 2014 / Europe Written by Axel Singhofen, health and environment advisor, Greens/EFA group The last 12 months have seen a surge of attacks against the EU’s precautionary principle. Some law firms consider it as a potential obstacle to the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), and More >>

Article ChemWatch: EU countries to closely monitor DG Sanco on EDCs criteria work Member States expecting progress with new Commission Chemical Watch 25 September 2014 / Europe Written by Leigh Stringer Member States Competent Authorities (CAs) will be monitoring how the European Commission’s directorate general for health (DG Sanco) develops the criteria for defining endocrine disruptors (CW 18 September 2014). DG Sanco is More >>

Conference: Breast cancer, women’s reproductive health and EDCs WECF France is co-hosting an international conference on ‘Breast cancer, women’s reproductive health and EDCs: from knowledge to prevention’ in Lyon on 14 October. This is a unique opportunity to find out more on cancer prevention and share information, expertise and science with high-level scientists, professionals dedicated to cancer research More >>

Article ChemWatch: “DG Sanco to assume responsibility for EDC criteria” No comment from industry as NGOs worry about implicationsChemical Watch 18 September 2014 / Europe Written by Carmen Paun, Leigh Stringer and Vanessa ZainzingerThe European Commission’s directorate general for health (DG Sanco) will lead development of criteria to identify endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs), according to Bjørn Hansen, head of the More >>

Zoek je Nederlandstalige informatie over hormoonverstoorders? Zoek je Nederlandstalige informatie over hormoonverstoorders? De WECF website Een Veilig Nest biedt veel informatie aan over hormoonverstorende stoffen (EDCs) met als doel om kinderen in een zo gezond mogelijke omgeving op te laten groeien. Hier vind je een overzicht van alle informatie omtrent hormoonverstoorders op Een Veilig Nest.Speelgoed zonder More >>

Druk op de Europese Commissie neemt toe om actie te ondernemen tegen hormoonverstoorders Na het Europees Parlement heeft nu ook het Franse Parlement een rapport gepubliceerd waarin het bij de Europese Unie aandringt om maatregelen te nemen tegen hormoonverstoorders. Het rapport stelt dat de volksgezondheid wordt bedreigd door de schadelijke effecten van hormoonverstoorders, wat zal leiden tot stijgende ziektekosten in de toekomst. Ook More >>

Launch of the Life+ Project ChildProtect: Children’s Health should be our Primary Concern Debate with policy makers in Brussels looks at need to speed up EU action to protect children’s exposure to harmful ‘endocrine disrupting’ chemicals From right to left: Martine Rohl of the Belgian Federal Ministry, Martin Seychell of DG Sanco, WECF Director Sascha Gabizon, Peter Korytar, DG Environment and Genon Jensen, More >>

EU could save up to € 31 billion a year on health costs by reducing exposure to EDC’s The Health and Environment Alliance (HEAL), of which WECF is a member, has launched figures today showing that exposure to endocrine disruptors may be responsible for up to €31 billion per year in health costs in the European Union.The clear message is that reaping the huge benefits for health – More >>

Project News: France announces EDC strategy WECF welcomes measures but calls for further action!Earlier this month French sustainable development minister Ségolène Royal announced a new national strategy on endocrine disruptors (EDCs). WECF France, Réseau Environnement Santé (RES) and Générations Futures have played a crucial role in the development of this approach.  The main objective of the More >>

Scientific News – Dangers of Prenatal Exposure to harmful chemicals outlined in Dutch Health Council Report Dangers of prenatal exposure to harmful chemicals outlined in Dutch Health Council report - WECF applauds findings but is left with important questions. According to WECF this report underscores the urgent need for immediate action to protect pregnant women and their unborn children from the detrimental effects of prenatal exposure to More >>

Time to act: protecting children from hormone disrupting chemicals Debate with policy makers in Brussels looks at need to speed up EU action to protect children’s exposure to harmful ‘endocrine disrupting’ chemicals Press release 21 February 2014 A majority of scientists [1] are calling for urgent policy action to reduce children’s exposure to harmful chemicals suspected to disrupt the More >>


Scientific


Schadelijke chemicaliën aangetroffen in verschillende speelgoedtesten Het afgelopen jaar zijn schadelijke chemicaliën aangetroffen in verschillende speelgoedtesten in het buitenland. Knuffels De Duitse consumentenbond ÖKO-TEST publiceerde onlangs een artikel waarin knuffels werden getest, de trouwen vrienden van je kinderen. Het blijkt dat veel knuffels eigenlijk valse vrienden zijn; de knuffels op de Europese markt voldoen lang niet More >>

Decalogue for citizens: Knowing, reducing and preventing endocrine disruptors The Italian National Institute of Health (ISS) recently published a “Decalogue for citizens on EDCs” which aims to inform the public on risks arising from the exposure to endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs) found in commonly used products. It focuses on sources of exposure and possible alternatives in order to minimize More >>

Dutch TV program Zembla reveals huge societal costs of EDCs On 10 June 2015, Dutch television program Zembla broadcasted a critical documentary about EDCs for the second time. This time, it revealed the current delay of EDC policy in the EU and at national level, showing how industry interests are overruling human health interests. Interviews were conducted with investigative journalist Stéphane More >>

Pesticides, BPA cost Dutch society €6 billion in annual health bills Pesticides, BPA cost Dutch society €6 billion in annual health bills, according to calculations by leading scientists, including ChildProtect Expert Committee Member Professor Legler, for the research program Zembla Exposure to hormone disrupting substances, which can be found in everyday products such as pesticides, plastic packaging, BPA or canned goods, More >>

Bescherm kwetsbare couveusebaby’s tegen onveilige medische hulpmiddelen, teken nu de petitie! WECF verstuurde vorige week een persbericht over recent onderzoek waaruit blijkt dat er schadelijke stoffen lekken uit medische hulpmiddelen. Couveusebaby’s zijn bijzonder kwetsbaar en lopen extra risico op blijvende gezondheidsschade. Nederland loopt achter in vervanging van de gevaarlijke stoffen. Little Hero, een website voor couveuse-ouders en prematuurkleding, startte daarom een More >>

The Dangers of Cashier Receipts Women working at cashiers are exposed to high levels of BPA used on thermal receipts, resulting in harmful health effects and adverse effects during pregnancy. BPA, Bisphenol A, is a hazardous chemical used in many goods such as plastic bottles, food containers, and the lining of food cans. However, BPA More >>

21 hazardous chemicals were found in women’s hair      The French NGO Générations Futures examined the exposure of women to endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs). An average of 21 different EDCs were found per woman, including 19 endocrine disrupting pesticides.The research focused on EDC exposure to women of childbearing age living in urban areas in the greater Paris area. More >>

Study on the impact of EDCs on male health A new study (commissioned by the Nordic council) finds that the damage to male reproductive health from exposure to hormone (or endocrine) disrupting chemicals is likely to cost many millions of euros every year in the EU.The report only looks at the costs of a small number of disorders of More >>

Dutch overview takes stock of BPA research CW. 29 September 2014 / Netherlands The Dutch National Institute for Public Health and Environment (RIVM) has issued an overview in English of the possible risks of Bisphenol A (BPA) to humans and the environment. It points out that the current understanding of the plasticiser’s possible endocrine disruptive effects is More >>

Film ‘Endoctrination’ on the EDC delay in Brussels Why does it take so long before EDC’s will be regulated within the European Union? The answer can be found in the film ‘Endoctrination’, says its maker. Parents would undoubtedly favour a possible regulation of endocrine disruptors (EDC’s) within the European Union, as EDC’s in consumer products can cause health More >>

European Commission reviewing REACH authorization process The European Commission is looking into the REACH authorisation process. The application process for authorisation should become more streamlined. By this the Commission wants to ensure that the requirements on applicants are appropriate to the aims of authorisation. Chemicals that are imported or created in Europe in bulk are registered More >>

Scientific News – Dangers of Prenatal Exposure to harmful chemicals outlined in Dutch Health Council Report Dangers of prenatal exposure to harmful chemicals outlined in Dutch Health Council report - WECF applauds findings but is left with important questions. According to WECF this report underscores the urgent need for immediate action to protect pregnant women and their unborn children from the detrimental effects of prenatal exposure to More >>

Scientific News: ChildProtect Advisory Council member Ecobaby publishes research on ‘Perinatal dioxin exposure Perinatal dioxin exposure and Neurodevelopmental Delay in Western Europe In the 1980s in Western Europe, human perinatal exposure to background levels of dioxins was quite high. Therefore Janna Koppe from the Ecobaby Foundation and other authors evaluated the neurodevelopment of their cohort during the prepubertal period and in adolescence. This More >>


Policy


European Commission is to look at 700 chemicals following over 27,000 responses to public consultation WECF and its EDC-Free campaign partners actively gathered responses to the European Commission’s public consultation on criteria to identify endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs). Following publication last month of over 27,000 responses to this consultation, the Commission announced the move in the first of a series of roundtable meetings held last More >>

Lutte contre les perturbateurs endocriniens : Ségolène ROYAL agit pour protéger la santé et mobiliser la Commission européenne 6 mars 2015 – Prévention des risques « A l’occasion de la publication d’une étude portant sur les coûts économiques à l’échelle de l’Union européenne de l’exposition aux perturbateurs endocriniens, je rappelle l’engagement fort de la France pour réduire l’exposition de la population humaine et de l’environnement à ces substances. More >>

MEPs to grill Commission over delays in tackling hormone-disrupting chemicals Plenary Session  Press release – Public health − 09-03-2015 – 16:28 Growing worries that endocrine disruptors can damage your health will be raised in MEPs’ questions to health Commissioner Vytenis Andriukaitis on Monday at 19.00. Scientists link these chemicals, present in many everyday products, to a rise in foetal and genital More >>

WECF shared official submission to European Commission consultation on hormone disrupting chemicals (EDCs) WECF and its EDC-Free campaign partners have publicly shared their official submissions to the EU Commission’s consultation on the criteria to identify hormone disrupting chemicals (known as EDCs). Due to intensive industry lobbying, the European Commission has delayed action on hormone disrupting chemicals, which is needed to protect health. Therefore More >>

Europe-wide cancer group calls for action on hormone disruptors Written by Christel Schaldemose on 9 January 2015 in Opinion, Parliament Magazine. Christel Schaldemose is calling on the EU to take urgent action in the fight against cancer by identifying and eliminating endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs). You can find the original link hereA representative of one of Europe’s most influential More >>

EDC vrij coalitie biedt grote publiek via publieke consultatie de kans om stem te laten horen in Brussel EDC vrij coalitie biedt grote publiek via publieke consultatie de kans om stem te laten horen in Brussel. Wetenschappelijk bewijs legt meer en meer verband tussen verlaagde vruchtbaarheid van jonge mannen, vervroegde pubertijd van meisjes, bepaalde soorten kanker en de toename van het gebruik van hormoonverstoorders in dagelijkse producten. De More >>

EU Commission starts consultation on Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals (EDCs) Article by MICHAEL WARHURST, ChemTrust on SEPTEMBER 29, 2014https://www.chemtrust.org.uk/eu-commission-starts-consultation-on-endocrine-disrupting-chemicals-edcs/ Endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs) are chemicals that can disrupt the functioning of the endocrine (or hormonal) systems of humans or wildlife. There are EU laws in place that can restrict their use – but they will only work if there is More >>

Public consultation on EDC criteria Article by HEAL, Health & Environment Alliance, September 30 2014 https://europa.eu/rapid/press-release_IP-14-1057_en.htm The DG for Health and Consumers has opened its public consultation on the criteria to be used to identify endocrine disrupting chemicals in the EU biocides and pesticides legislation. The consultation is seeking expert input and economic data.Launching the More >>


What are EDCs ?

There is growing evidence that EDCs may result in permanent health damage to the hormone system of children. Children’s health should be our primary concern More >>

News

11.06.15 |

Pesticides, BPA cost Dutch society €6 billion in annual health bills, according to calculations by leading scientists, including ChildProtect Expert More >>

Calendar

15 Apr 2015 | Den Haag

Op 15 april 2015 vindt wederom het halfjaarlijkse minisymposium over het stoffenbeleid plaats  georganiseerd door More >>


27 Mar 2015 | Driebergen

Protecting children from EDC exposure workshop

The Dutch LIFE project, ‘ChildProtect-Life’ (LIFE12ENV/NL/000833- More >>