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Parliamentary question - E-000885/2019Parliamentary question

    Health risks to LED lighting

    Question for written answer E-000885-19
    to the Commission
    Rule 130
    Julie Ward (S&D) , Martina Anderson (GUE/NGL) , Tunne Kelam (PPE)

    In 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. In this process, that committee approved an exemption for those whose health is affected by LED lighting, accepting that some groups suffer health impacts as a result of such lighting.

    1. Considering that an exemption has been accepted for those who cannot use LED lighting, what steps will the Commission take to support Member States in sourcing alternative lighting products to those with health conditions such as photosensitivity and making them available through prescription?

    2. Does the Commission accept that limiting available lighting products to LED lighting, which, as studies show, impacts on the health of those with photosensitivity, limits their ability to access social spaces with this lighting?

    3. Considering that, through photosensitivity to LED lighting sources, members of our communities are restricted from accessing public areas with this lighting, as it may trigger symptoms of their condition, does the Commission consider that this legislation is in keeping with Articles 21 and 26 of the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union?

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