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CAB JUNCKER PRESIDENT 
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16 June 2016 13:02 
To: 
CAB JUNCKER ARCHIVES 
Subject: 
FW: Commission decision on Endocrine Disruptors (EDCs) Criteria - WECF 
international symposium points out the need to protect pregnant women 
and children from toxic chemicals  
Attachments: 
Letter WECF EDCs Criteria June 14th 2016.pdf 
 
 
 
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Sent: Tuesday, June 14, 2016 5:26 PM 
Subject: Commission decision on Endocrine Disruptors (EDCs) Criteria - WECF international 
symposium points out the need to protect pregnant women and children from toxic chemicals  
 
Attention :  
College of Commissioners  
European Commission  
 
June 14th 2016,  
 
Subject: Commission decision on Endocrine Disruptors (EDCs) Criteria – 
WECF international symposium June 9th points out the need to protect 
pregnant women and children from toxic chemicals  
 
 
Dear Commissioners,  
  
Tomorrow, by announcing official scientific criteria of EDCs, you are about to 
make an important choice for the health of millions of European citizens. Women 
in Europe for a Common Future, as an NGO network much involved in the 
prevention of vulnerable populations  exposure to toxic chemicals, would like to 
share with you some core elements pointed out by speakers and scientists during 
the international symposium we organized in Paris on June 9th.  Indeed, we are 
very much concerned that the appropriate choice of EDCs criteria is made to 
ensure the best protection of vulnerable populations from harmful chemical 
exposures.  
  
Speakers of June 9th event included Dr Jeanne Conry, past president of the 
American Congress of Gynecology and Obstetrics, and co-chair of the working 
group on environmental health of the International Federation of Gynecology and 
Obstetrics (FIGO) and Patrice Sutton, academic coordinator at the Program for 
Reproductive Health and the Environment of the University of California, San 
Francisco. Both of them stressed the need to move from knowledge to action, and 
to carry out collective action, using all powerful opportunities to prevent the rise of 

non-communicable diseases linked to exposures to toxic chemicals, including 
EDCs. As well, scientists reminded that robust science reflecting real exposure, 
and use of the precautionary principle were needed to advance towards a better 
protection from harmful chemical exposures.   
 
WECF would like to point out that for EDCs criteria, this means clearly that 
science-based criteria are the core elements on which a definition should be based. 
As such, an impact assessment based on socio-economic elements, is not relevant 
to make the best decision in the interest of people’s health and that of future 
generations. Especially because pregnancy is such a vulnerable period to the 
unborn, criteria such as potency cannot be considered valid for this definition.  
  
The Commission, in its role of  EU leading political institution, has an historic role 
in making choice reflecting most robust scientific elements: this definition, to be 
used as a tool to regulate EDCs can foster innovation and environmental health 
protection. We would therefore advise you to follow WHO classification in 3 
categories – known, probable and suspected – to reflect the wide spectrum of 
effects which can affect populations.  
  
We thank you for the attention you will give to these important elements, and trust 
that your decision will reflect existing scientific body of evidence and health 
professionals considerations.  
  
Yours sincerely,  
 
 
 
                               
  
President WECF France                             Advocacy Manager WECF France