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ABOUT ENDOCRINE ACTIVE SUBSTANCES AND DISRUPTORS

Lists of ‘Endocrine-Disrupting’ Chemicals Mislead Public by Richard A. Starr

The French press reported at the end of July 2017 that the French government had produced an “official list of endocrine disruptors.” With the addition of this list, at least 25 individual lists from the around the world now purport to “officially” identify what may be known as “endocrine-disrupting chemicals” …

Estimates of Human Cost Burden from Exposure to Endocrine-Disrupting Chemicals Grossly Exaggerated

By Gregory G. Bond, Ph.D., M.P.H., F.A.C.E., and Daniel R. Dietrich, Ph.D., F.A.T.S., E.R.T. Government authorities in the EU and U.S. continue to wrangle with how best to identify and regulate potential endocrine-disrupting chemicals (EDCs). In an effort to influence those efforts, the Endocrine Society, an association representing endocrinologists and …

EU EDC Criteria May Further Limit African Farmers’ Toolbox by Stella Simiyu

Africa, the second most populous continent, is home to 1.2 billion people, accounting for about 15 percent of the world population. About half of Africans are considered poor.[1] Their dependency on agriculture accounts for about 25 percent of gross domestic product and 60 percent of livelihoods.[2] This means that for …

Publications Result from SETAC Workshop on Endocrine Active Substances by Lisa Ortego

There has been a great deal of polarization between scientists, both in the research and regulatory arenas, regarding risk assessment of endocrine active substances. Some scientists and regulators support that risk assessment approaches are applicable to these substances and others propose there is too much uncertainty regarding them so they …

Current Test Methods Detect Endocrine-Disrupting Chemical Potential by Douglas Wolf

Since the mid 1990s, a significant amount of research and international regulatory efforts have been applied to develop test methods to identify endocrine-disrupting chemicals. But questions continue to be raised by some groups about the adequacy of these methods that have been validated by international consortia. While scientific understanding and …

Endocrine Disruptor Testing in U.S. and EU: Achieving Regulatory Goals by Tessa Scown

As global concerns over the possible human health and environmental effects of endocrine-disrupting chemicals (EDCs) has grown, so have concerted efforts by the European Union, United States, other regulatory authorities and global organizations (e.g., OECD) to develop adequate tests and assessment frameworks to evaluate substances for endocrine disruption (ED) potential. …

A Comprehensive Review of Regulatory Test Methods for Endocrine Adverse Health Effects

Development of new endocrine disruption-relevant test methods has been the subject of intensive research efforts for the past several decades, prompted in part by mandates in the 1996 Food Quality Protection Act. While scientific understanding and test methods have advanced, questions remain on whether current scientific methods are capable of …

Overlooking Scientific Roots of Endocrine Disruption by Rainer von Mielecki

1 February 2017 “The policy has been hijacked by industry,” said Axel Singhofen, environment and health adviser for the Green Party European Free Alliance, in Newsweek. “They seem to have forgotten the scientific roots of the problem and are much more concerned with appeasing business interests, whatever the costs to …

Regulatory Predictability Needed for an Industry Committed to Innovation by Howard Minigh

“The world’s population is growing by 80 million people every year and if nothing changes, by 2050 we will need our finite resources to meet the demands of two billion more people,” wrote CropLife International CEO Howard Minigh in a Jan. 3 editorial on AgriBusinessGlobal.com. “Making the food security challenge …