Identification of Endocrine Disruptors – Open Letter to the EU Ministers of Environment, Health and Agriculture and EU Health Commissioner

Subject: Open Letter to the EU Ministers of Environment, Health and Agriculture and to the EU Health Commissioner regarding the identification of Endocrine Disruptors in the EU. Date: 6 Apr 2017.

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“History is the sum total of things that could have been avoided”. These words of Konrad Adenauer, a founding father of the European Union, are especially pertinent today. For the last four years the European Union has been wrangling over the definition of endocrine disruptors, thereby blocking the application of long-standing European legislation on these chemicals, including the Pesticides (Plant Protection Product) and Biocides regulations, designed to limit their health and environmental impacts. However, as early as 2002 the World Health Organization (WHO) proposed a definition of endocrine disruptors. Here we call on the EU’s Environment, Health and Agriculture Ministers and on the Health Commissioner to heed the scientific community not to attempt bending scientific definitions for political or economic purposes. In practice this implies to abandon the derogation that would not allow pesticides and biocides developed in order to affect target organisms via their endocrine systems to be recognized as endocrine disruptors.

First signatories: Rémy Slama (Environmental Epidemiologist, Inserm, France), Barbara Demeneix (Endocrinologist, Museum National d’Histoire Naturelle, France), Jean-Pierre Bourguignon (Pediatric Endocrinologist, Belgium), Andreas Kortenkamp (Toxicologist, Brunel University, UK), Andrea Lenzi (President of the Italian Society of Endocrinology, Sapienza University of Rome, Italy), Giancarlo Panzica (Neuro-endocrinologist, University of Turin, Italy), R. Thomas Zoeller (Endocrinologist, Amherst University, USA), Leonardo Trasande (Environmental Epidemiologist, New-York University, USA), Russ Hauser (Environmental and reproductive epidemiologist, Harvard University, USA), Richard Ivell (Endocrinologist, Nottingham University, UK), Ezio Ghigo (Past president of the Italian Society of Endocrinology, University of Turin, Italy), Martine Vrijheid (Environmental Epidemiologist, ISGlobal, Spain), Cécile Chevrier (Environmental Epidemiologist, Inserm, France), Merete Eggesbø (Environmental Epidemiologist, NIPH, Norway), Joseph Braun (Environmental epidemiologist, Brown University, USA), Ana Soto (Endocrinologist, Tufts University, USA), Carlos Sonnenschein (Tufts University, USA).