EDC Lists Often Hazardous Unto Themselves

“In 2016, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) commissioned the International Panel on Chemical Pollution (IPCP) to research and identify every “list of EDCs” that had been published to date – including from governments, private groups, and others – and compile them into a single chemical database,” notes the American Chemistry Council.

lists-of-edcs-how-reliable-are-they-tedx-sin-danish-epa-eu-reach-svch“To the astonishment of many, IPCP found … 24 self-identified “lists of EDCs” floating around in the public sphere, essentially diluting the meaning or relevance of all of the lists.

“One surprising finding of the project was that many of the chemical lists were not created independently of one another – meaning, some lists were based on other lists, which may have been based on other lists still, and so on and so forth …

“Another finding of the project was the apparent failure of the lists to meet specific criteria that would indicate whether they were scientifically credible …

“While UNEP may have intended to use the document as an educational tool designed to serve policymakers and the public, the project essentially backfired when stakeholders from around the world submitted comments on the draft report, offering detailed explanations as to why several of the lists – including the REACH SVHC List and Danish EPA List – could not be relied upon for use outside their specific public (governmental) purpose. The SIN List – maintained by a private group called The Endocrine Disruptor Exchange (TEDX) – is so riddled with limitations that it should not be used at all.”


Click here to see the full critique of the ICPC’s report.

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