Members of EU Parliament recommend recognizing and protecting people with MCS and EHS

Written declaration on the recognition of multiple chemical sensitivity and electrohypersensitivity in the International Statistical Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems (ICD)

The European Parliament,

– having regard to its resolution of 4 September 2008 on the mid-term review of the European Environment and Health Action Plan 2004-2010, particularly recital J thereof,

– having regard to Decision 1350/2007/EC establishing a second programme of Community action in the field of health (2008-2013), and the White Paper ‘Together for Health’ (COM(2007)0630),

– having regard to its resolution of 2April 2009 on health concerns associated with electromagnetic fields,

– having regard to Rule 123 of its Rules of Procedure,

A. whereas health inequalities between different European countries should be eradicated;

B. whereas multiple chemical sensitivity (MCS) patients are vulnerable to environmental pollution and electrohypersensitivity (EHS) patients to electromagnetic radiation, both involving serious risks in several areas over which they have no influence, such as the air they breathe and exposure to EM radiation;

1. Recommends that Member States which have not yet done so include MCS and EHS in their own ICDs and in their ILO-based Lists of Occupational Diseases; suggests that the WHO Assembly include MCS and EHS in its upcoming ICD-11;

2. Urges Member State governments to apply existing rules regarding EM radiation and exposure to harmful substances and to apply the precautionary principle strictly, with effective health and environmental measures, in order to immediately protect those affected, whose number is growing exponentially;

3. Suggests harmonising the rules on physical agents and harmful substances in the Member States, on the basis of the strictest existing criteria, and also placing controls on imported products;

4. Instructs its President to forward this declaration, together with the names of the signatories, to the Council, the Commission and the parliaments of the Member States.

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8 responses to “Members of EU Parliament recommend recognizing and protecting people with MCS and EHS

  1. Note that the European Parliament hasn’t actually recommended anything. Rather, some Members of the Parliament (MEPs) have produced a Written Declaration.

    Written Declarations can be created by 5 MEPs but don’t have any force unless they are signed by half the MEPs – see the adoption procedure on the right hand side of http://www.europarl.europa.eu/plenary/en/written-declarations.html

    If any EU residents read this, please contact your MEPs and ask them to sign Written Declaration P7_DCL(2012)0014.

    You can find your MEPs at http://www.europarl.europa.eu/meps/en/search.html or if you are in the UK at http://www.europarl.org.uk/view/en/Homepage.html

    • Thanks so much for clarifying this Paul. Do you have advice for people not living in the EU re contacting MEPs to encourage them to sign on in support? I’m guessing chemical and wireless industry representatives won’t have any qualms about contacting them to encourage the MEPs not to sign, so it might be a matter of where there is more support, from public or industry.

      • I think that the best thing that non-EU citizens can do is encourage any friends in the EU to write to their MEPs. MEPs are only supposed to represent people who live in their constituencies (electoral districts), so they will probably disregard, or be annoyed by, any other contact.

        Alternatively, I guess that you could contact the 5 MEPs who created the declaration and see what they say. You can find their details here:

        Raül ROMEVA i RUEDA
        Kriton ARSENIS
        Willy MEYER
        Michèle RIVASI
        Oreste ROSSI

  2. got one signature promised, onwards and more, thanks for the supporting info, cheers

  3. Willy Meyer, I see! He’s a Spanish (despite what his name might let you think!) left wing mp. The Izquierda Unida party (formed by the old Communist party plus other left wing minority parties, and in the past decades joined by the Green party for the elections) have been promoting actions in favour of the recognition and treatment of people with MCS in Spain for a long time. Now they seem to be doing so also in Europe. Nice 🙂
    But, as someone else comented, pretty symbolic.

  4. From a friend: “As of 20th April, 2012 only 71 Signatures have been received by Member States of the European Union (EU) to include MCS & EHS in the upcoming ICS-11 listing.
    For this listing to be considered we require a total of 378 signatures by 14th June, 2012 Kindly contact your MEP and explain to them why this is so very important!”

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