EDCs – Endocrine Disruptors may cause up to €31 Billion per Year in Health Costs in the EU

This post is part of our new “EDCs HEAL serie“

€31 billion per year in EU health savings possible from reducing exposures to hormone disrupting chemicals

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HEAL is a leading alliance of health and environment groups working at EU level. Working for better health, through a healthy environment.

Exposure to food and everyday electronic, cosmetic and plastic products containing endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs) may be costing up to €31 billion per year in the EU, according to a report launched today by the HEAL.

  • Spiralling rates of hormone-related disease may be due to exposure to hormone-mimicking synthetic chemicals found in food, drink and everyday products.
  • New study says if a small portion of hormone-related cancers, diabetes & obesity, and infertility could be avoided by reducing exposure to hormone disrupting chemicals, then billions in costs from these diseases and conditions could be saved.
  • A change in European chemicals policy could massively reduce costs associated with cases of hormone-related diseases and conditions. EU should act now.

Sources – @HealthandEnv HEAL News

  • Health costs in the EU – How much is related to EDCs?
    Latest news and Full Report, 18 June 2014.
  • EU health savings up to €31 billion per year possible from reducing EDC exposuresPress Release, 18 June 2014.

The Health and Environment Alliance HEAL re-launched the Chemicals Health Monitor CHM

The Chemicals Health Monitor aims to be your online source for the link between chemicals and diseases

Press release:

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The Chemicals Health Monitor aims to be your online source for the link between chemicals and diseases.

” The Health and Environment Alliance (HEAL) has today re-launched its Chemicals Health Monitor (CHM), a revived online service consisting of a revamped website and newsletter as well as new social media tools, all available in English and German.

HEAL provides this monitoring service with the aim of improving public health by promoting support for more protective regulation of hazardous chemicals in Europe and beyond. The project encourages public health and health professional groups to use and share educational resources to inform patients and the public.

Many of the chemicals to which people are exposed daily have never been tested for their effects on human health and the environment. When studies have been done, the test results may not be publicly available. Meanwhile, more and more studies link chemical exposure to a range of specific chronic conditions. The research suggests that due to their exposure, families and individuals may be more prone to obesity and diabetes, more likely to suffer from cancer, and more likely to face infertility. Healthcare systems are struggling to cope with rising rates of these conditions.

Although EU laws set high and innovative standards, significant gaps nonetheless remain, particularly regarding the effects of multiple concurrent exposures and of long-term, cumulative exposures. The Chemicals Health Monitor provides the latest authoritative, independent information linking chemical exposure to chronic health problems, which is developed with the help of public interest expertise.

HEAL’s ultimate goal in providing such a service is to inform the public and to mobilise partnerships in support of EU policies that protect health. In particular, HEAL seeks precautionary action to prevent exposure to toxic chemicals and effective implementation of the EU chemicals law, REACH.”

Sources: HEAL Blog, Brussels, 25 March 2014 – Follow on  Twitter

A Petition to for Full EU Lobby Transparency

Why is this important?

Full EU lobby transparency now
A petition on the Avaaz community

The Petition text:
Dear Mr Wieland Under the current voluntary EU lobby register, too many lobbyists conduct their lobbying secretively and unethically. This does citizens like me, and the public interest, a great disservice. I want to know who is trying to gain influence on EU politics, with what budget, on which issues and on whose behalf. This situation can only be delivered by the transition to a register in which all lobbyists conducting their work in Brussels have to register. It also needs a clear and enforceable ethics code and strong measures to support full transparency while the new register is introduced. As the European Parliament’s Vice-President for Transparency, it is vital that you stand up for lobbying transparency and implement the view of the majority of MEPs who supported the transition to a mandatory lobby register in their vote in May 2011.

Why this is important:
” …Lobbying works in Brussels, partly because it is able to operate in the shadows, and away from the glare of publicity. Thousands of lobbyists boycott the voluntary EU lobby register including virtually all law firms that lobby on behalf of industry clients. Many of the companies and organisations that do sign up, fail to provide comprehensive, accurate and up-to-date information on their activities. And unfortunately, the EU institutions seem happy to let this situation continue.

You can help to change this situation. Right now, the lobby register is being reviewed in a series of meetings (mostly held in secret) between the Commission and MEPs. In November, they will finalise their views and it is vital that we do not lose this unique opportunity to demand change… ”

Sources: Full EU lobby transparency now
created by Vicky C, ALTER-EU, on the Avaaz community.

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Est-ce que ça me perturbe?

La Campagne d’@EDCFree pour un Avenir SANS Perturbateurs Endocriniens Environnementaux

EDC free Europe: comment agir
Soutenez la campagne “EDC free Europe” en quelques étapes simples

Aidez EDC Free Europe à faire savoir aux gouvernements d’Europe que nous voulons un avenir sans PE. Montrez leur que vous vous souciez de la présence de perturbateurs endocriniens dans les produits ou les objets que vous consommez en téléchargeant ou en “likant” une photo que EDC Free Europe fera parvenir aux décideurs.

Voici comment vous impliquer en quelques étapes simples!

  1. Téléchargez la flèche avec le slogan “Est ce que ça me perturbe ?
  2. Dites nous ce qui vous perturbe en désignant à l’aide de la flèche un objet ou produit qui vous préoccupe et prenez une photo !
  3. Mettez la photo en ligne ; elle sera affichée prochainement sur la galerie Flickr.

The European Food Safety Authority’s Independence Problem

More than half of experts at the EU food safety authority have conflicts of interest

The European Food Safety Authority's independence problem
European Food Safety Authority says it’s “Committed to ensuring that Europe’s food is safe”

Almost 60% of experts sitting on the European Food Safety Authority’s (EFSA) panels have direct or indirect links with industries regulated by the agency, according to an independent screening performed by Corporate Europe Observatory (CEO) – an advocacy group that criticizes corporate influence on public policy – and Stéphane Horel – freelance journalist and documentarian.

The CEO October 2013 report identifies major loopholes in EFSA’s independence policy and finds that EFSA’s new rules for assessing its experts, implemented in 2012 after several conflicts of interest scandals, have failed to improve the situation.

The authors warn that this situation casts a severe doubt on the credibility of the scientific output of the key body responsible for food safety at the EU, with the agency issuing recommendations and risk assessments on crucial public health issues such as food additives, packaging, GMOs, contaminants and pesticides.

The main loophole identified in EFSA’s new rules for assessing its experts’ interests is that the agency’s assessment is too narrow, mainly looking at the panel’s specific remit to determine whether there are conflicts of interest. Instead it should consider experts’ wider conflicts of interest, in line with the agency’s broader mandate to guarantee its decisions remain independent from the industry it regulates. The current approach enables dozens of experts with multiple commercial interests (consultancy contracts, research funding, etc) to still be granted full membership of EFSA panels, including a majority of panel chairs and vice-chairs.

The CEO report also shows that EFSA failed to properly implement its own new rules in several instances, and that there is no visible difference between panels assembled under the new policy and those composed using the old policy.

Why Endocrine Disruptors, other Disrupting Chemicals and Pesticides should be banned

Call for ban on endocrine disrupting pesticides in Europe

In this short video clip, Lisette van Vliet (HEAL) and Hans Muilerman (PAN Europe) explain why endocrine disrupting pesticides and other endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs) in Europe should be banned, the goals of the multi NGO ‘EDC Free Campaign‘ and urge organisations to join them.