EU Policy on EDCs
An Endocrine Disrupting Chemical (EDC) or Endocrine Disruptor (ED) is any chemical that can interfere with normal hormone functions in humans. There is growing scientific concern that EDCs could be linked to an increased risk of breast cancer. We are exposed to many hundreds of known of suspected EDCs on a daily basis but they are currently inadequately regulated.
The European Commission is working on a proposal for science-based criteria for endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs). A clearer definition of EDCs based on sound scientific assessments is the first step to ensuring EDCs are properly regulated and removed from products.
Breast Cancer UK is working both individually and with partners in Europe to press for a robust and inclusive definition of EDCs and a strategy which promotes the phase out of potential and suspected EDCs and their replacement with safer alternatives.
You can sign a peition asking EU member states to reject the EU Commission’s draft proposal on endocrine disruptors.
Breast Cancer UK policy and position papers
- BCUK Background Briefing on Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals (last updated October 2014)
- Parliamentary Briefing On Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals (July 2016)
- Response to the opinion of the EU committees on Risk Assessment and Socio-Economic Analysis on restricting 4 phthalates, DEHP, BBP, DBP and DIBP (May 2017)
- Response to United Nations Environment Programme draft proposal for EDC list (September 2016)
- Response to Health and Saftey Executive consultation on proposed criteria (September 2016)
- Response to EU Commission's proposed criteria for identifying EDCs (July 2016)
- Comments on the EU Annex XV report proposing 4-methylbenzylidene camphor as a substance of very high concern (April 2016)
- Response to draft opinion of the EU Committee of Socio-Economic Analysis on PFOA (November 2015)
- Response to the EU consultation on the EDC Roadmap (December 2014)
Letters and joint statements
- Joint letter to REACH Committee on DEHP and other Phthalates (February 2017)
- Letter to Thérèse Coffey, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for the Environment and Rural Life Opportunities regarding revised EDC criteria (November 2016)
- Letter to Thérèse Coffey, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for the Environment and Rural Life Opportunities regarding EDC criteria (November 2016)
- Joint letter to the EU Commission regarding EDC criteria (June 2016)
- Letter to UK Representatives of the REACH Committee on DEHP and other Phthalates (March 2016)
- Joint letter to Rt Hon Liz Truss MP, Secretary of State for DEFRA (January 2016)
- Joint letter to EU Commissioner Andriukaitis (January 2016)
- Letter to Rory Stewart MP Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for DEFRA on DEHP (September 2015)
- Joint letter to Rory Stewart MP Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for DEFRA (July 2015)
- Joint letter to Jane Ellison MP Minister for Public Health (June 2015)