EU Policy on EDCs | Breast Cancer UK

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.  

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Last updated May 30, 2017

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