The inclusion of Reprotoxic substances within the scope of the Carcinogens and Mutagens Directive | ETUI


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The European Commission (EC) will soon launch the legislative process for the fourth revision of the Carcinogens and Mutagens Directive (CMD). The ETUI, as a supporter of the Stop Cancer at Work campaign, has prepared a briefing note to highlight the importance of including Reprotoxic substances within the scope of the directive.

Reprotoxic substances are chemical substances that, if inhaled, ingested, or if they penetrate the skin, they pose a severe threat to fertility in both men and women. They may also severely alter a child’s development during gestation and after birth. Such substances are widely present in working environments as they are used in plasticisers, biocides, and in the manufacturing of, among other, alloys, batteries, and glass.

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