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The European Commission is currently consulting on its proposed criteria to identify endocrine (hormone) disrupting chemicals (EDCs).  In mid-June the European Commission proposed draft criteria, which CHEM Trust has strongly criticised for not adequately dealing with the threat to health and the environment from EDCs. The proposals have also been criticised by EU governments, scientists and by the [...]

The main lobby organisation for Europe's chemical industry, CEFIC, has been keen to publicise a new study from the European Commission, a "Cumulative Cost Assessment" of the cost of regulation on Europe's chemical industry. However, as the European Commission has pointed out, the study doesn't consider economic or broader societal benefits of the legislation (such as [...]

There’s increasing debate on the problems with the laws covering chemicals in food contact materials such as packaging, with the European Parliament currently discussing a report on the issue. On 10th March 2016 CHEM Trust organised a workshop in Brussels to discuss one important aspect, the overlap and gaps between the main chemicals regulation REACH [...]

The European Commission has finally presented its long delayed criteria for identifying endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs) today. CHEM Trust is shocked by the proposal, which in effect means that there must almost certainly be harm to humans before a chemical can be identified as human EDC. The Commission proposes a very scientifically demanding wording for identification of EDCs, calling for evidence [...]

It’s well known that the UK was once the ‘dirty man of Europe’, and that the EU has helped us clean up our beaches and rivers. However, the EU has been working on something even more important to you and your family’s health: controlling the chemicals used in your food and everyday products. A shorter [...]

Nigel Haigh, who is one of CHEM Trust's trustees, has recently published a book examining the evolution of EU environmental policy - something he has been closely involved with since the 1970s. The book describes the creation of a fairly comprehensive system of environmental policy, which in many areas has a global impact. It includes a [...]

The European Commission has committed to finally proposing scientific criteria to identify hormone (or endocrine) disrupting chemicals (EDCs) by summer 2016. They've already been found guilty of breaking EU law by the European Court of Justice for failing to do this by a legal deadline of December 2013. In CHEM Trust's view the criteria should be [...]

Today, Monday 22nd February, the 12th negotiation round on the EU-US Transatlantic Investment Partnership (TTIP) is starting in Brussels. CHEM Trust remains very concerned about the proposals within TTIP for 'regulatory co-operation', which we consider have the potential to delay or undermine protection of wildlife and people from hazardous chemicals. The EU Commission made it clear in [...]

Food packaging, factory equipment, food utensils - almost everything we eat has been in contact with one or more of these items. The EU’s laws should ensure that chemicals used in these materials are safe, but they do not go far enough and contain holes. These holes – for example a lack of harmonised rules [...]

How safe is our seafood?

Our oceans and seas have been polluted over time with a number of contaminants, from litter and plastic waste to an array of man-made chemicals which have caused numerous problems for many wildlife species. So considering these pollutants, how safe is the fish, shellfish and other seafood we eat? Globally over 1 billion people rely on [...]