Revised EU endocrine disruptors proposal draws fresh criticism from scientists

November 17, 2016 at 1:41 pm | Posted in Feature Articles | Leave a comment

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A group of 15 scientists researching endocrine disruption, risk assessment methods and environmental chemistry have written a new open letter to European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker and Health and Food Safety Commissioner Vytenis Andriukaitis.

The letter asks for a wide range of changes to be made to the Commission’s proposals for regulatory identification of endocrine disruptors, arguing that procedures as currently outlined prohibit “full and fair use of the existing evidence” and “[do] not capture best practice in evidence synthesis and integration”.

The letter, which can be read here, is not the only recent response by scientists criticizing the Commission’s proposed criteria for identification of endocrine disruptors.

A commentary in Environmental Health Perspectives argued why potency should not be considered when identifying endocrine hazards (a proposal which now seems to be off the table, at least for the time being), and the Endocrine Society issued a critical press release, citing “unnecessarily narrow criteria for identifying EDCs that will make it nearly impossible for scientists to meet the unrealistically high burden of proof and protect the public from dangerous chemicals”.

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