France: the new champion for EDC regulation in Europe?
France bans BPA in food packaging
After more than one year of parliamentary debates in Senate and Parliament, France adopted a law yesterday which bans BPA use in food containers for 0-3 years old in 2013 and for all other food contact uses as from January 1st 2015, with a warning labelling in the meantime
A very positive outcome for campaigners from Réseau Environnement Santé (RES) and WECF France, who have been pushing for a coherent legislation, covering uses of BPA in bottles and pacifiers, as well as all other food contact uses.
The law also bans the use of phtalate DEHP - a reprotoxic plastifier already banned in toys and childcare articles - in tubulures used in pediatrics, neonatology departments in hospitals and for use by pregnant women and nursing mothers.
But what about toys containing bisphenol A or endocrine disruptors of very high concern? They remain unregulated so far. A situation that WECF has been trying to change for years, and which may soon be reversed, since Delphine Batho, French Ministry of Environment announced on Monday, during an international conference on EDCs, she would support a European ban of EDCs of concern in toys and childcare articles.
WECF France who just performed a survey which shows that only 30% of toys manufacturers and retailers, among the 16 which have been asked, are willing to provide sufficient information on the presence or absence of BPA and other EDCS in toys, supports this position and invites you to sign on the petition to urge the Minister of Environment and Minister in charge of Consumer protection to demand more transparency on EDCs presence in toys:
WECF participated at WASH symposium in Uganda
From June 20th-23rd, a WASH symposium was held in Kampala, Uganda. WECF participated in cooperation with our local partner organization ARUWE and we presented our water, sanitation and energy projects in Uganda.
Twentieth Working Group Meeting of the Parties to the Aarhus Convention
Geneva, 15 to 17 June 2016
Final stage of our crowdfunding campaign - please support our Biogas Toilet project!
Until Saturday (June 26th), we want to collect 4.000€ to finance Biogas Toilets for deprived families in Uganda. 9 of 15 toilets are already covered - please help us with the remaining 6!
WECF sends letter to Dutch Secretary of State concerning EU policy on EDCs
In a joint statement WECF and the EDC Free Coalition ask Dutch State Secretary Dijksma to insist on major changes at the Environmental Council meeting to protect our health and environment.
Commission's EDC criteria proposal: More humans will have to be harmed before action is taken
The European Commission presented today its proposal for criteria to identify endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs). WECF and the EDCfree Coalition condemn strongly the decision.