Friday, 31 July 2015

Can EU identify EDC's Staring Them in the Face?

Brussels, 22th of July 2015 

Report on public consultation on defining criteria for identifyingendocrine disruptors in the context of the implementation of the Plant Protection Product Regulation and Biocidal Products Regulation

This consultation was different from other public consultations in that respondents were asked to provide data (for example methodologies used to select endocrine disrupting substances or to identify the socio-economic impact of identified endocrine disruptors). No specific questions were included that asked respondents’ opinions. This report cannot, therefore, provide quantitative information on the views held by different stakeholders. 

"The socio-economic impact of identified endocrine disruptors" limiting jobs for poisoning women and harming children! 

A risk-based approach for regulating endocrine disruptors was proposed by many respondents who identified themselves as farmers, private companies, industrial or trade organisations, or authorities in non-EU countries. Many respondents supported the use of the WHO/IPC 2002 definition as a starting point for defining an endocrine disruptor.  

That's a very interesting figure DG Health & Food Safety ... "Many Respondents" 

Respondents came from various parts of society and included doctors, farmers, non- governmental organisations, chemical, electronic, food and medical devices industry, water companies and scientists) showing the diversity of use of these chemicals. This shows how widely these chemicals are used. Individual responses (as opposed to responses of behalf of organisations) accounted for more than 90% of the responses received. Of these individual responses, 88% came from seven Member States (Austria, Denmark, France, Germany, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom). 863 responses were made on behalf of an organisation and 64% of these came from one Member State (United Kingdom). Almost 26% of the responses on behalf of an organisation came from of industry or trade organisations and 5% from consumer/non-governmental organisations. Only two health institution and hospitals responded. Three EU-governments as well as 18 authorities have sent comments. Six public authorities and six governments from non-EU countries gave their comments. 
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