30 November 2017
04 October 2017

Endocrine disruptors: EU Parliament rightly says no to Commission’s lack of ambition

Today the European Parliament has rejected the EU Commission’s proposed definition of what constitutes an endocrine disrupting chemical (EDC)1. BEUC applauds the Parliament’s decision to reject this unfit definition because too many chemicals would escape the regulatory net.
28 September 2017

Too narrow definition of endocrine disruptors voted down

Today the definition of what constitutes an endocrine disrupting chemical (EDC) received a vote of no confidence from members of the European Parliament’s environment committee1. BEUC welcomes that MEPs want to send the Commission back to the drawing board.

Our work areas

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. 

Our objectives

  • 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

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The European Consumer Organisation
Europäischer Verbraucherverband
Bureau Européen des Unions de Consommateurs

Rue d'Arlon, 80 Bte 1 
B - 1040 Bruxelles

Tel: +32 2 743 15 93
E-mail: safety@beuc.eu

Sylvia Maurer
Policy Officer on Chemicals and Tradepicture
Policy Officer on Chemicals and Trade
Pelle Moos
Communications Officerpicture
Communications Officer
Pauline Constant
Carmen Martin