Joint effort for more knowledge on endocrine disruptors

National authorities from Belgium, Denmark, France, the Netherlands, and Sweden have developed a database about endocrine disruptors (ED) in the European Union (EU) – Endocrine Disruptor Lists.

Endocrine disruptors, which are likely to be found in everyday products (e.g. personal care products, toys, resins) have been increasingly linked to conditions such as cancer, obesity, infertility, Alzheimer’s disease, etc. As such, this has become a topic of concern in the last few decades for politicians, scientists and civil society.

The recently developed webpage, which also mentions the ED-relevant EU regulations, displays three different lists:

  • List I: substances identified as EDs at EU level;
  • List II: substances under evaluation for endocrine disruption under EU legislation;
  • List III: substances considered, by the evaluating National Authority, to have endocrine disrupting properties.

The compilation of this information at EU level is unprecedented. The aim of the initiative’s creators’ is to inform stakeholders on whether a substance is or may possibly be classified as an ED, while also contributing to deepen the knowledge on EDs, to increase the coherence, consistency and transparency of their evaluation process, and to coordinate the legislative efforts.

Ana Rita Falcão

RA Junior Consultant


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