Filed under: chemicals, EU Information | Tags: endocrine disrupters, toxicity testing
The European Food Safety Authority, EFSA, has published a scientific opinion on the hazard assessment of endocrine disrupters (EDCs). EDCs work on 4 established endocrine pathways in organisms to disrupt the endocrine system.
There is no single test to establish if a substance is an endocrine disrupter, so testing needs to be carried out in a systematic manner in order to establish whether a substance is an EDC. EFSA is particularly concerned with EDCs which may be present in the food chain, e.g. pesticides.
EFSA has concluded that a risk assessment approach which considers both potential adverse effects of endocrine active substances together with the likelihood of exposure makes best use of available information to regulate their use.
The full report is available here.
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