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We are all exposed to hundreds of man-made chemicals in our daily life, coming from everyday products including furniture, packaging and clothes. The aim of chemicals regulation is to try and establish which of these chemicals are dangerous, and then to put in place measures to ensure that they are used safely, or not used [...]

The long process of establishing EU criteria to identify hormone (endocrine) disrupting chemicals (EDCs) continues to stutter forward, with a new proposed texts from the European Commission. These texts, coming just a few weeks since the last texts, fail to address our concerns regarding the burden of proof needed, and introduce a whole new loophole which [...]

Nearly 100 leading scientists from universities and research institutes around the world have joined forces to underline the urgent need for action on climate change and hormone (endocrine) disrupting chemicals (EDCs). In a commentary, 'Let's stop the manipulation of science', (also available in French), published by Le Monde last week, they warn that vested interests are wilfully distorting the [...]

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 [...]

Two recent reports have highlighted the way in which certain industries have been lobbying against EU regulation of hormone disrupting chemicals. The first, by Corporate Europe Observatory and journalist Stéphane Horel: "exposes corporate lobby groups mobilising to stop the EU taking action on hormone (endocrine) disrupting chemicals (EDCs). The report sheds light on how corporations [...]

On 10th of June the full European Parliament will vote on its recommendations to the European Commission regarding the negotiations for the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP). In the lead up to this vote, several of the Parliament's committees are discussing the key issues at stake. CHEM Trust has today joined with over 25 organisations in sending [...]

The EU commission has claimed that there will be no lowering of food safety standards in the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) that is currently being negotiated with the United States. However, an examination of the EU’s negotiating position shows that they are already offering changes which could lead to increased amounts of pesticide residues [...]

[Updated on 10th March on the publication of the EAC report - see below] The Environmental Audit Committee (EAC) of the UK House of Commons is currently doing an inquiry into the proposed Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) and its impacts on the environment and the developing world. Yesterday they published the evidence that [...]

The EU and US are continuing in their attempts to negotiate a new "Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership" - or TTIP for short, including measures to increase regulatory harmonisation, to reduce tariffs and to create an 'Investor State Dispute Mechanism'. As we wrote back in July 2014:  In CHEM Trust’s view proposals for enhanced regulatory [...]

Chemical Watch is reporting that the European Commission is re-organising responsibility for  the setting of criteria for endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs), moving it from the Environment Directorate General (DG) to DG Health and Consumer Affairs (or 'Sanco'), though DG Environment will remain in charge of overall EDC policy. In addition, responsibility for biocides and pesticides policies is [...]