Press releases

PAN-Europe press releases relative to Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals (EDCs):

• 14th April 2014: EU Commission proposes its first bans for endocrine disrupting pesticides
The 2009-pesticide Regulation rules that endocrine disrupting pesticides should not be allowed on the market. Health Commissioner Andriukaitis now for the first time proposes to ban two of these pesticides, the herbicides Amitrole and Isoproturon, in today's meeting of the EU Standing Committee. Amitrole is capable of causing malformations of the offspring and of inducing thyroid cancer; Isoproturon of causing adverse effects to reproduction and of lowering fertility. 
Read more : http://www.pan-europe.info/pan-press-release-scopaff-apr-16.pdf

• 11th December 2015: Health Commissioner Andriukaitis fails to ban the most dangerous endocrine disrupting pesticides, the "Dirty Six”
A large reservoir of pesticides with unacceptable health effects is present at EU Commission health service DG SANTE, but Mr. Andriukatis' DG makes no move to ban them. Not one of the six most harmful pesticides is put on the agenda of today's meeting [1] of the Standing Committee. For the pesticide  Amitrole, capable of causing malformations of the fetus, the dossiers and the EFSA peer-review are ready since July 1, 2014 and no decision is taken. DG SANTE is more concerned about twisting and bending the rules and applying derogations from a ban such as use in case of "negligible exposure" (Dirty six in the text) or a "serious danger of plant health" (Flumioxazin). PAN Europe urged Mr.Andriukatis in a letter to act and radically change policy.  
Read more : http://www.pan-europe.info/fails-ban-most-dangerous-endocrine

30th June 2015: Preventing the down-fall of the EDCs policy: Bringing back the science on EDCs to the European Parliament for open discussion (EDCs Roundtable 30th June 2015, 15:00-18:00)
Organised by Pesticide Action Network Europe and hosted by MEP Nicola Caputo (S&D), this roundtable meeting [1] aims to bring back the science to the forefront of the EDC debate in the European Parliament, and discuss openly the issue of EDCs with all regulatory actors involved and parties of interest.
MEPs, the Commission's directorates, Member States, the European Food Safety Authority, stakeholders and academics have been invited to take part to this high level independent science meeting on endocrine disruption and discuss the urge for an immediate regulation of Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals (EDCs) in the EU.
Read more : http://www.pan-europe.info/News/PR/150630.html

20th May 2015: EU health policy on endocrine disruption collateral damage in Commission health service SANTE's power play
In 2010, EU Commission granted DG Environment (DG ENV) the lead on the development of the criteria for endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDC's). But EU health service SANCO (now SANTE) was disloyal to this decision.
Read more: http://www.pan-europe.info/News/PR/150520.html 

20th January 2015: New non-commercial research proves that industry's claims on pesticide bans are flawed
For the first time an in-depth research by a non-commercial group shows the exact numbers of endocrine disrupting pesticides (ED-pesticides) that will be regulated if the options of Commission roadmap for an impact assessment of the endocrine criteria [1] are applied
Read more: http://www.pan-europe.info/News/PR/150120.html

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