Commonly used chemicals could harm brain development in children, leading to lower IQ and prevent children reaching their full potential. This is the conclusion in a report released this week by NGO CHEM Trust.
The impacts – which may include ADHD and lower IQ – are avoidable and can prevent children reaching their full potential says CHEM Trust, in No Brainer: The impact of chemicals on children’s brain development: a cause for concern and a need for action.
“The brain development of future generations is at stake. We need EU regulators to phase out groups of chemicals of concern, rather than slowly restricting one chemical at a time. We cannot continue to gamble with our children’s health”, said Dr Michael Warhurst, Executive Director of CHEM Trust, in a press release.
ChemSec Policy Advisor Frida Hök welcomes the report.
“It shows the importance of increased regulatory action. The regulatory processes need to be faster to make sure we safeguard our children and not put their future at risk.”
The study also points out the fact that many children are exposed to a so called cocktail of chemicals, which can act together, something which is still largely ignored by chemical safety laws.
“The effects this has on humans, specifically the brain development of children, needs to be taken more seriously”, Frida Hök says.