About the European Scientists’ Open Letter

This website hosts an open letter from European scientists, medical and veterinary health professionals with expertise in the risks posed by lead ammunition to the health of humans, wildlife and the wider environment.

The letter is written in support of restrictions on the use of lead ammunition, primarily for the Annex XV restriction proposal prepared by the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) for the European Commission and the REACH process.

The Appendix to the letter provides a summary of risks from lead ammunition with references to (i) evidence, (ii) consumer guidance on game meat consumption, and (iii) relevant policy initiatives.

In addition to supporting this REACH/ECHA process, in 2014 European Scientists produced a Scientific Consensus Statement on the issue and need for transition to non-toxic ammunition.


The 54 European scientists, medical and veterinary health professional signatories are from 17 European Countries (15 EU and 2 EFTA countries).

REACH is a European Union regulation concerning the Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation & Restriction of Chemicals.