At a European Parliament Environment Committee (ENVI) meeting last week, many MEPs called on the European Commission "for a bigger sense of urgency" to speed up its work on endocrine disrupting chemicals as well as the cocktail effects of chemicals.
Chemical Watch writes that European Commission DG Environment's Patrick Murphy; "fielded a barrage of questions from ENVI members, who wanted to know why the Commission was not doing more to ban endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs), in particular the 22 substances identified on the last SIN List drawn up by the NGO ChemSec earlier this year."
Swedish Green MEP Carl Schlyter, described EDCs as one of the most underestimated environmental threats to human kind today, and stated that it is very surprising that these substances are intentionally added to products we put on our skin, and in food contact materials etc. "We have had a strategy for twelve years, where is the action?" Schlyter, on the basis of describing the methodology behind the SIN List 2.0, urged the Commission to prepare dossiers for candidate list inclusion on the 22 EDCs recently added to the SIN list, which would be "excellent" for inclusion on the candidate list.
Patrick Murphy described the Commission's planned actions on EDCs, and insisted on the complexity of these issues. Regarding the SIN List, he said that it is a very useful basis for discussion, and the European Commission will "look at it seriously", but could not promise any concrete action of preparing candidate list dossiers.
ENVI committee chairwoman, Corinne Lepage, closed the debate by stating that she was not happy with the answers provided by the Commission, and said that asking the Commission to act on EDCs is like "pushing against a rock, but not getting anywhere".