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September 22, 2008

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Reprotoxins highlighted by Euro employee body

In response to what it says is disjointed legislation at EU level on substances toxic to reproduction, the European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC) has compiled an online reference kit on reproductive risks.

The employee representative body has criticised the European Commission’s “U-turn” on reprotoxins, saying they should have been brought into the Carcinogens and Mutagens Directive. The ETUC argues that two thirds of the 173 chemicals classified as reprotoxic under Community law – including lead and phthalates – are not now recognised as either carcinogenic or mutagenic, even though the Commission had earlier been in favour of extending the Directive to reprotoxins.

The ETUC wants the forthcoming economic impact assessment of the Carcinogens Directive revision to include a scenario extending it to reprotoxins.

Its main criticisms of the EU legislation and prevention policies in this area, together with a whole host of downloadable reference documents and links to other information sources, can be found by clicking here.

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