26 Apr '11, 11am

Pediatricians Prescribe US Chemical Policy Reform

Pediatricians Prescribe US Chemical Policy Reform

Yesterday the professional organization of pediatricians, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), issued a strong policy statement calling for better protection of children and pregnant women from hazardous chemicals. Citing the unique vulnerabilities of the fetus and children, the group states that the current law governing the use of most chemicals, the Toxic Substance Control Act (TCSA), "fails to protect children and pregnant women." And the pediatricians have written a prescription to Congress on how to fix it. The AAP makes a long list of recommendations, including a rewrite of the legislation which: • Requires chemical manufacturers prove their products are safe before they are marketed; • Establishes the same standard of safety for old and new chemicals; • Makes chemical testing relevant to the special needs of pregnant women and children, by including data on re...

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