The European Parliament voted in favour of this resolution on 18 April 2019 by an overwhelming majority. Considering that “there is no valid reason to postpone effective regulation,” MEPs ask the Commission to make, by June 2020 at the latest, legislative proposals to insert specific provisions for endocrine disruptors, similar to those applicable to CMRs, into the Cosmetics Regulation.
447 votes in favour, 14 against, 41 abstentions… This “European Parliament Resolution towards a comprehensive European Union framework on endocrine disruptors” was more than widely adopted by MEPs.
It regrets the lack of a “a concrete action plan to minimise exposure to EDCs,” and the absence of “specific provisions on EDCs […] key Union legislation in sensitive areas (e.g. for cosmetics, toys, or food contact materials).”
Considering that “EDCs are a class of chemicals that is of equivalent concern to substances classified as carcinogenic, mutagenic or toxic for reproduction (CMR substances), and should therefore be treated identically in Union legislation,” it calls on the Commission to:
• Swiftly take all necessary action to ensure a high level of protection of human health and the environment against EDCs by effectively minimising overall exposure of humans and the environment to EDC
• Develop a horizontal definition for EDCs based on the WHO definition
• And make legislative proposals no later than June 2020 to insert specific provisions on EDCs similar to those on CMR substances notably into the Cosmetics Regulation
While this Resolution has no binding legal force, it nevertheless reflects a strong political will, which the next Commission will not be able to ignore.
For further information
• See the full text of the Resolution on towards a comprehensive European Union framework on endocrine disruptors (2019/2683(RSP))