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28 Apr 2016

Endocrine Disruptors in the EU

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Endocrine Disruptors (EDs) are defined by WHO as exogenous compounds or mixtures that alter function(s) of the endocrine system and consequently cause adverse effects in an intact organism, or its progeny, or (sub)populations. European regulations on pesticides, biocides, cosmetics, and industrial chemicals require the European Commission to establish scientific criteria to define EDs.

The following article addresses the scientific relevance of four options for the identification of EDs proposed by the European Commission.

Scientific Issues Relevant to Setting Regulatory Criteria to Identify Endocrine Disrupting Substances in the European Union