Photo of child playing in sand for a story saying Commission endocrine disruptor plan is illegal

Commission endocrine disruptor plan is illegal – new report

The Commission’s latest proposal for identifying and outlawing endocrine disruptors (EDCs) is illegal, according to analysis from ClientEarth.

In saying that only EDCs known to harm people should be outlawed, it is ignoring the Biocides Products Regulation and Plant Protection Products Regulation. These two laws require that substances presumed to cause harm are outlawed.

ClientEarth Lawyer Vito Buonsante said: “The Commission’s proposal turns people into guinea pigs. The level of evidence needed to prove a chemical is an endocrine disruptor will require harm to have already happened.

“The proposal hugely weakens protection of people and the environment. It will require such a high burden of proof to ban a chemical that EU citizens and the environment will likely continue to be exposed for several decades before action is taken.”

How does the Commission endocrine disruptor plan deal with risk?

The Commission’s proposal also changes the way risks are managed, allowing EDC use to continue unless it can be proved that the risks are not negligible. This changes the mechanism for approving dangerous chemicals, and is an approach which has already been clearly rejected by Parliament and Council.

Such a significant change in the law requires renegotiation between the European Parliament and Council. If the Commission forces through its proposals, the European Court of Justice can throw them out, on the grounds that the Commission has overstepped its competence.

Read ClientEarth’s analysis of why the Commission’s endocrine disruptor plan is illegal

Share this...
Share on FacebookTweet about this on TwitterShare on LinkedInEmail to someone

Related articles

More from

  • waterloo bridge in London

    Gaping hole in UK government’s Budget where diesel measures should have been

    The chancellor has failed to grasp the severity of the UK’s air quality crisis. He should have imposed a first-year tax on diesel vehicles.

  • Diesel ban in Germany one step closer after court decision

    An appeal court in Germany has upheld a decision which could mean a diesel ban in Munich by the beginning of next year.

  • striped clothes on line for storying saying Laws must work together so the EU can reuse, recycle and repurpose

    Laws must work together so the EU can reuse, recycle and repurpose

    A circular economy – where goods are reused, recycled or repurposed – could be one way to avoid overexploiting our planet’s natural resources.

  • aerial shot of lombary

    Air pollution in Italy: ClientEarth launches legal action

    ClientEarth has today joined with partners in Italy to launch legal action against the authorities in Lombardy over the region’s filthy air.

  • Explore our work

    Follow us


    Get our regular email newsletters, they contain the latest updates on our work as well as features and articles about environmental issues, science and politics.