European Parliament Declaration recommends EHS and MCS be in each member country's ICD and WHO's ICD

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Mar 21, 2012, 3:50:25 AM3/21/12
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From Alasdair Philips 
Sent: Sunday, March 18, 2012 10:43 PM
Subject: RE: European Parliament Declaration: recommends EHS & MCS be in each member country's ICD & WHO's ICD
This is really important. Please lobby your regional MEPs to sign this.
It is the equivalent of a UK Parliament "early day motion" written by 5 MEPs that needs at least an extra 370 other MEPs to sign by 14th June 2012.  Over half the total number of MEPs need to sign for this Declaration to be "adopted". Very few Declarations are "adopted"
EU residents can influence the outcome of a Written Declaration by lobbying MEPs and asking them to sign up. Find your MEPs here:
Scroll down the Country box to the UK and then select your region.
You can then click on individual MEPs to get their details.
At present there are no ICD codes in general use for CFS, MCS or EHS, so doctors can't even officially record the incidence as, effectively, these diseases/syndromes do not officially exist - although CFS and MCS are more recognised that EHS. It is crazy and irresponsible as we can't make progress if the number of sufferers / diagnoses are not recorded. Getting ICD numbers is just a start - but an essential one.
The Nordic Council of Ministers does categorise electrosensitivity as a work-related symptom-based  
diagnosis code ICD-10 ;  R68.8   or R69 or Y68.8 or Y69 for occupational cases. 
We should have universal ICD and sub-codes for types EHS that are used all over the EU.
I hope ES-UK, RRT and Electromagnetic Man will produce a draft short (1 page A4 maximum) letter that can be sent to MEPs to inform them of this important matter and persuade them to sign the Declaration.
I will be happy to read / check / advise but do not have the time or energy to produce it. Please take this email as your "starter for 10".


pursuant to Rule 123 of the Rules of Procedure (see below) (PDF version is also attached)
WRITTEN DECLARATION on the recognition of multiple chemical sensitivity and electrohypersensitivity in the International Statistical Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems (ICD)
Raül Romeva i Rueda, Kriton Arsenis, Willy Meyer, Michèle Rivasi, Oreste Rossi
Lapse date: 14.6.2012     Ref:  0014/2012
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.

What is a written declaration?

A Written Declaration is the European Parliament’s equivalent of an Early Day Motion at the House of Commons. It is a statement of policy, sponsored by as many as five MEPs, which is placed before the Parliament for signature. Any MEP can sign up if they support the Written Declaration and would like it to become the official position of the European Parliament. More than half the MEPs - currently 366 - need to add their signatures for this to happen and it is rare for a Written Declaration to be successfully adopted. More usually, they simply lapse after three months but are used as way of launching or relaunching debate on a particular subject and, crucially, raising its profile with the media and public.

European Parliament Rule 123: Written declarations

1.    Up to five Members may submit a written declaration of not more than 200 words on a matter falling within the competence of the European Union which does not cover issues that are the subject of an ongoing legislative process. Authorisation shall be given by the President on a case-by-case basis. Written declarations shall be printed in the official languages and distributed. They shall be entered with the names of the signatories, in a register. This register shall be public and shall be kept outside the entrance to the Chamber during part-sessions and in an appropriate location, to be determined by the College of Quaestors, between part-sessions.

The contents of a written declaration may not go beyond the form of a declaration and may not, in particular, contain any decision on matters for which specific procedures and competences are laid down in these Rules of Procedure.

2.    The signature of any Member may be added to a declaration entered in the register.

3.    Where a declaration is signed by a majority of Parliament's component Members, the President shall notify Parliament accordingly and publish the names of the signatories in the minutes and the declaration as a text adopted.

4.    The procedure shall be closed by the forwarding to the addressees, at the end of the part-session, of the declaration, together with the names of the signatories.

5.    A written declaration that has remained in the register for over three months and has not been signed by at least one half of the component Members of Parliament shall lapse.

Informant: Iris Atzmon

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