29 July 2016
Endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs) are used in many products that consumers come in contact with every day: from skin creams, children toys and textiles to paper receipts and food containers. Scientists have linked these chemicals to severe human health problems including infertility, obesity and cancer.
24 June 2016
BEUC NEWS - 24.06.2016 Every year, numerous – even fatal – accidents with window covering cords are reported to our safety authorities. The OECD, supported by the EU Commission, has kicked-off a campaign on the danger of these cords for young children. Children risk injury and even strangulation if these window cords form a loop around their neck. This global campaign on the danger of window covering cords is running under the hashtag #SaveWindowCoverings. The aim of the campaign is...
21 June 2016
The European Consumer Organisation and its Slovak member ZSS met the Slovak First Secretary of State of the Ministry of the Economy, Mr Rastislav Chovanec, to present their expectations for the first ever Slovak EU Council Presidency.
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Dangerous substances contained in everyday products such as soaps, toothpaste and shampoo may cause allergies, cancer, disrupt the hormonal system or damage the environment. Among these chemicals are nanomaterials which are increasingly used in consumer products, although the risks they may pose to human health and the environment have not been sufficiently assessed.
Unsafe ‘CE mark’ products continue to be found on the European market. The high number of product safety warnings and product recalls show the need to revise general and sector-specific product safety legislation in order to adequately cover all risks which may be posed by products. Market surveillance and control activities are insufficient to ensure the highest level of safety possible and the level of enforcement is not yet the same across the EU.
- Improve the general safety of products sold on the EU market and establish a European accident and injury database
- Minimise exposure for consumers and the environment to dangerous chemicals
- Adequately and urgently address the potential risks posed by harmful chemicals including nanotechnologies and hormone disrupting chemicals