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Several Member States urge EU action on EDCS

A group of European environment ministers have called on the EU Commission to strengthen its chemical legislation particularly regarding the regulation of EDCs and nanomaterials.

Initiated by Denmark, environment ministers from Sweden, France, Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany, Norway and Austria have signed a letter addressed to the EU Commissioner for Environment Karmenu Vella and the EU Commission for Industry Elżbieta Bieńkowska to ensure an ambitious chemicals policy.

Areas that need improvement include reducing exposure to EDCs, checking that nanomaterials are safe to use, replacing hazardous substances in products, and regulating the content of chemicals in imported products ensure that they industry provides sufficient information about the chemicals they produce.

At national level in countries like Norway there is a strict and clear goal to eliminate and reduce hazardous chemicals, but countries call for more to be done at European level. In October Nordic environment ministers met in Sweden to discuss how the countries could jointly push for an effective and scientifically based EU legislation on EDCs.

Last updated on 13 November 2014

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