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With inadequate reporting of information, corporations are undermining European chemical safety and jeopardising the fundamental principle of the EU’s chemicals law REACH “no data, no market”, according to a report by the environmental law group ClientEarth.
The five endocrine disruptors investigated in the report include diethyl phthalate, bisphenol A, tetrabromobisphenol A, triclosan and octyl-methoxycinnamate. They are used in a wide range of everyday products, including children’s toys and personal care products like sunscreens and deodorants.
“Our research indicates that, for a number of substances known to have endocrine-disrupting properties, the dossiers are not of the quality required by REACH. Companies which register substances in this way should be held to account. Regulators charged with protecting human health need to take a more proactive approach in addressing these deficiencies,” Hiester stated.