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EU | 6th September 2021

Resorcinol: support the adequate SVHC identification of this known endocrine disruptor for health
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Resorcinol: support the adequate SVHC identification of this known endocrine disruptor for health

At the REACH Committee meeting scheduled on 22-23 September, Member States will discuss and
possibly vote on a European Commission proposal to identify the substance Resorcinol as asubstance of very high concern (SVHC) due to endocrine disrupting properties for health under theREACH regulation (article 57(f)).

Eight NGOs are calling on EU Member States to support this proposed identification in order to ensure that public authorities, actors in the supply chain, workers, and citizens have adequate knowledge on the hazardous properties of the substance.

Resorcinol impacts the functioning of the thyroid system, which is essential for brain development,
in particular for unborn children. Exposure to Resorcinol has been shown to affect thyroid hormonelevels in experimental rodent studies and to lead to a series of severe developmental effects relatedto such hormone level changes in humans as documented by case reports, including hypothyroidism, goiter, neurological impacts in the child. The latter effects can be considered irreversible becausethey strongly affect the wellbeing and quality of life of an individual over the long-term.

This letter was sent to:

Svenja Schulze, German Federal Minister for Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety

Peter Altmaier, German Federal Minister for Economic Affairs and Energy

Jens Spahn, German Federal Minister for Health

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