News 2016 / March

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Potency should not be part of EDC criteria, scientists state

On 1 March the Endocrine Society met with the Commissioner for Health and Food Safety, Vytenis Andriukaitis, to discuss the criteria for endocrine disrupting chemicals, EDCs. Such criteria are to be suggested by Andriukaitis Directorate before summer.

The Endocrine Society, who has more than 18,000 members, including scientists, physicians, educators, nurses and students, expressed concern about the current threat from EDCs to human health. They emphasised the need to use scientific criteria in order to protect citizens properly. Such science-based criteria should, according to the Endocrine Society, not include potency cut-off, as this is not consistent with endocrine science and thereby not suitable for hazard characterisation.

– We urge for the Commission to listen to the Endocrine Society, representing the scientific field of endocrinology and to take their position into account when developing criteria, says Dr Anna Lennquist, ChemSec toxicologist. We understand that the Commission is under pressure and short of time but this does not excuse compromising with the scientific basis for regulation of EDCs.

The Endocrine Society was at the meeting represented by Jean-Pierre Bourguignon, MD, PhD, Remy Slama, PhD, and Leonardo Trasande, MD.

On 4 March, the EDC criteria are also a topic of discussion at the Environmental Council. In the light of this 68 NGOs have sent a letter to the environmental ministers asking them to put pressure on the Commission to develop scientific criteria.

Press release from Endocrine Society

Scientific statement of the Endocrine Society