As governments, industry and public interest groups from across the globe prepare to meet next week to discuss endocrine disrupting chemicals and other international chemical safety issues, the Endocrine Society and IPEN released a new guide documenting the threat endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs) pose to human health.
BPA (Bisphenol A) is an organic molecule that was first synthesized in 1895. It is a synthetic estrogen, and has two forms: one is polycarbonate and is sometimes used in plastic baby bottles, and the other is epoxy resins, used in the linings of some food and beverage containers, dental sealants and numerous other consumer products.
IPEN Participating Organization Health and Environment Alliance (HEAL) launched figures today showing that exposure to endocrine disruptors may be responsible for up to €31 billion per year in health costs in the European Union.
IPEN Participating Organization Génération Futures and the network Réseau Environnementale Santé (RES) have issued a press release wecloming a new report from the French national assembly asking for more urgent action nationally and from the European Union on Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals (EDCs), and outlining their expectations. Read the whole release here.
WECF has launched a new report on chemicals in textiles in an effort to gain more coherent and transparent rules for textiles in the EU and beyond, as well as for better protection of workers, consumers and the global environment. Read an Executive Summary of the report (in English and French).
Today, a group of influential scientists called for swift action by the UN system to prevent harm from a wide variety of synthetic chemicals in consumer products and pesticides that play a role in increased incidences of reproductive diseases, cancer, obesity, and type-2 diabetes worldwide.The scientists include authors of a recent report by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP), which underlines the urgent need for global action to address the dangers of hormone or endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs).