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RES - Co-organises Chemistry and Environmental Health Forum

A Workshop on Chemistry & Environmental Health gathering researchers, scientists, NGOs, representatives of the Industry and many other stakeholders, was organised in Lyon (France) by the French Environmental Health Network (RES) and the Regional Council. Throughout the day, 200 participants had the opportunity to question renowned speakers such as:

  • Rachel Massey (Rapporteur of the United Nations’ Program for the Environment) who presented her Institute: TURI (Institut de réduction des usages toxiques) aiming at reducing and replacing toxic products,
  • David Gee (expert in chemical risks for the European Environment Agency) who highlighted the tremendous costs of inaction regarding endocrine disruptors,
  • John Peterson Myers (Scientific Director of Environmental Health Sciences, at the origin of the endocrine disruptor concept) who presented relevant tools and methodologies to detect products containing endocrine disruptors before being placed on the market.

The French Minister of “Ecology, Sustainable Development and Energy”, Philippe Martin, made a specific video to present the main milestones for 2014:

  • A third National Health and Environment programme (PNSE3),
  • A confirmation of the implementation of the National Strategy on Endocrine Disruptors,
  • A preparation of a proposal to restrict bisphenol A in thermal receipts under the REACH directive.

The research on Endocrine disruptors will be supported especially regarding low dose effects, cocktail issues and impact on generations. Regular assessment and review of substances will be performed especially for sensitive individuals. Public awareness and stakeholder training will also become a priority.

Originally posted on 27 November 2013

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