Archive: Take action for EDCs
The European Parliamentary Committee on Environment, Health and Food Safety has voted a draft Resolution sending a clear message to the Commission that prompt action is needed to protect public health from endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs). The draft resolution says that measures to reduce public exposure to EDCs are a priority. It deals with improvements in the EU regulatory system and addresses how the science should be used in hazard and risk assessment. The clear message to the European Commission is that the EU Strategy on EDCs needs a complete overhaul. The draft resolution states: The strategy must deliver effective protection of human health by placing greater emphasis on the precautionary principle to work towards reducing human exposure to endocrine disruptors where necessary.
Just in parallel the European Environment Agency (EEA) published a second version of “Late lessons second“ including those examples of releasing endocrine disruptors into the marine environment causing severe damage in snails, fish and crustaceans on the reproductive level (Jobling & Owen 2013). Many decades of research have shown that when released to the environment, a group of hormones known as oestrogens, both synthetic and naturally occurring, can have serious impacts on wildlife. This includes the development of intersex characteristics in male fish, which diminishes fertility and fecundity. Although often sublethal, such impacts may be permanent and irreversible.
S. Jobling & R. Owen (2013): Ethinyl oestradiol in the aquatic environment. In: Late lessons from early warnings: science, precaution, innovation, 311-339.
Online available at: www.eea.europa.eu/publications/late-lessons-2/late-lessons-chapters/late-lessons-ii-chapter-13 (accessed January 5th 2016).