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UN/WHO Report on EDCs published by Nick Boley
February 21, 2013, 12:11
Filed under: chemicals, Environment/Ecology, Global issues | Tags: ,

A new report “State of the Science of Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals (EDCs)” has been published jointly by the United Nations (UN) and the World Health Organisation (WHO).

A press release has been issued by the United Nationals Environment Programme (UNEP) about the report, and they have also prepared a summary of the report.

The report itself, which runs to some 298 pages, is a comprehensive treatise about endocrine disruption. It lists a number of very common chemicals which are known to have EDC properties incuding a number of pesticides and insecticides such as chlordane, tributyltin oxide, DDT and parathion, and general industrial chemicals such as bisphenol A, nicotine, octylphenol, nonylphenol, PBBs/PBDEs and sodium fluoride.

Although the report concentrates on the effects of EDCs, we must bear in mind that it is necessary to develop and maintain robust and valid analytical methods for identifying and quantifying these chemicals in many matrices.

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