Cosmetics and personal care products can contain many different substances including harmful endocrine disrupting chemicals. As some consumers can use different products on a daily basis, some of which are even re-applied throughout the day, these cosmetics can represent a significant source of our daily exposure to EDCs. 

In fact, international surveys suggest that on average, women use between 12 - 16 personal care products per day. Results of biomonitoring studies have shown evidence of EDCs frequently used in personal care products and cosmetics are found in the amniotic fluid, the placenta and even breast milk [6]. The effects of these substances on human health are associated with certain types of cancer, infertility, and even affect irreversibly fetal development and puberty.

In the letter, the EDC-Free Europe coalition welcomes the commitments made in the European Chemicals Strategy for Sustainability to ban endocrine disrupting chemicals in consumer products, and urges the EU to take swift and ambitious actions to ban these harmful chemicals in cosmetics and personal care products without further delay.