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Parliamentary questions
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18 February 2019
Question for written answer E-000884-19
to the Commission
Rule 130
Julie Ward (S&D) , Theresa Griffin (S&D) , Tunne Kelam (PPE) , Martina Anderson (GUE/NGL)

 Subject:  Health risks of LED lighting
 Answer in writing 

On 17 December 2018, the Committee on Ecodesign and Energy Labelling of Energy-related Products approved Commission Regulation (EU) …/… laying down ecodesign requirements for light sources and separate control gears pursuant to Directive 2009/125/EC of the European Parliament. This legislation will introduce stricter regulations on lighting products and lead to LED lighting being the dominant source of lighting available on the market in Europe.

1. Considering that the Sheer report, among other pieces of research, stated that LED lighting poses a risk to vulnerable groups, what steps will be taken by the Commission to safeguard the health of those at risk from LED lighting, such as children, the elderly and those who suffer from photosensitivity, when exposed to that lighting?

2. Does the Commission consider that the revisions adopted in December carry the same environmental and health safeguards as the ecodesign regulations before the revision?

3. What ongoing work will the Commission carry out to monitor the impact of LED lighting on both the health of citizens and the environment more broadly?

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