Filed under: Environment/Ecology, EU Information | Tags: endocrine disrupters, toxicity testing
A recent meeting held at the European Commission in Brussels, chaired by EU Chief Scientific Advisor Professor Anne Glover, discussed many issues surrounding Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals (EDCs) and their effect on health and the environment. The meeting proceedings can be found here.
The discussion centred on threshold levels, and how and when these were relevant, as well as establishing the link between EDCs and certain hormone-related cancers or other developmental problems. The lack of toxicity tests specifically for endocrine disrupting properties was noted, and is not currently required by REACH; this may be viewed as a serious gap in our armoury. The potential for some EDCs to be potent al low concentrations, however, does present a potential issue for measurement scientists, as the ability to measure these substances accurately at the appropriate concentrations may prove to be a challenge in certain situations.
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