European strategy aims to rein in EDC exposures

Endocrine Today
From Regina Schaffer

10/28/2020

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The European Commission this month unveiled their new chemicals strategy for sustainability, designed to protect the public from exposure to endocrine-disrupting chemicals and their health effects.

The chemicals strategy, part of the European Green Deal, is designed to be the foundation for the biggest update to Europe’s chemical regulations in more than a decade. The chemical strategy commits to a hazard identification for EDCs, including strict measures to prevent their use in consumer products. The strategy also calls for stricter data requirements for EDCs across all relevant legislation and to accelerate the development and adoption of better test methods. In a statement, the Endocrine Society praised the new strategy, and urged “further details and concrete actions” to protect public health.

Healio spoke with Barbara Demeneix, PhD, DSc, chair of the Endocrine Society’s EDC advisory group, about the latest push in Europe to assess EDCs, the risks of combination chemicals and how endocrinologists can become better advocates to rein in EDC use in the United States.

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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).

Perturbateurs endocriniens : un flou entretenu

Pour la Science
Propos recueillis par Marie-Neige Cordonnier

Un consensus scientifique existe sur la définition des perturbateurs endocriniens. Pourquoi la Commission européenne tarde-t-elle tant à en fournir des critères d’identification ? Entretien avec Barbara Demeneix, professeure au Muséum national d’histoire naturelle.

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Perturbateurs endocriniens : pourquoi l’Europe laisse faire

Télérama – Penser Autrement 
Par Yohav Oremiatzki

Alimentation, cosmétiques… les perturbateurs endocriniens et autres molécules nocives sont partout. Aucun règlement ne limite leur usage. L’Europe se laisse-t-elle piloter par les lobbys ?

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« Ce sont à la fois leur nombre et leur “effet cocktail” qui inquiètent aujourd’hui les scientifiques », explique la biologiste Barbara Demeneix

Perturbateurs endocriniens : le coût de l’inaction

CNRS Le Journal
Par Louise Mussat

Les perturbateurs endocriniens provoquent de nombreuses pathologies et, en dehors de quelques exceptions, la Commission européenne traîne à réglementer leur utilisation. Dix-huit chercheurs ont donc décidé de calculer le coût économique de ces poisons pour l’Europe et sont arrivés au chiffre effarant de 157 milliards d’euros par an…

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Interview de Barbara Demeneix : L’impact des polluants sur le corps et la santé mentale

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NEWS Press
Propos recueillis par Solange Mulatier

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“Les perturbateurs endocriniens sont des produits chimiques qui se trouvent dans l’environnement et qui affectent la signalisation de nos hormones. La perturbation endocrinienne peut affecter la reproduction et la fertilité, avoir une incidence sur les cancers, le développement du cerveau, le métabolisme et l’équilibre énergétique (donc intervenir dans l’obésité) etc…”