European Parliament environment committee demands a health-first approach to EU chemicals strategy

The European Parliament committee on the environment, health and food safety (ENVI) has adopted, with an overwhelming majority, a resolution setting its position on the European chemicals strategy for sustainability.

The strategy is currently under development and expected for the second half of 2020.

The Health and Environment Alliance (HEAL) applauds MEPs for supporting ambitious proposals in favour of a shift towards a ‘health and environment-first’ approach in European chemicals legislations, in order to reduce people’s exposure to mixtures of harmful substances, prevent diseases, and support the transition to a non-toxic circular economy,

Natacha Cingotti, senior health and chemicals policy officer at the Health and Environment Alliance (HEAL) said: “The proposed resolution provides a strong basis for a health-first approach in the Parliament position towards the future European chemicals strategy.

"In order to live up to Europe’s Zero Pollution ambition, we call on MEPs to support this proposal at the next plenary voting and to keep the European Commission and Member States accountable all throughout their mandate.”

HEAL welcomes MEPs’ demands for further regulatory measures needed to adequately protect vulnerable groups such as children, pregnant and breastfeeding women and older generations.

The resolution calls for a comprehensive EU framework on endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs) to effectively minimise the extent to which humans and the environment are exposed to EDCs, and insert specific provisions into legislation on toys, food contact materials and cosmetics to treat EDCs like substances that are carcinogenic, mutagenic, or toxic for reproduction.

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