Endocrine-Disrupting Chemicals (EDCs)

What are EDCs?

Endocrine-Disrupting Chemicals (EDCs) are chemicals that affect the hormone (endocrine) systems in humans and wildlife in a negative way.

Unfortunately, these chemicals are found almost everywhere. They are present in many everyday products, for example soft plastics, electronics, textiles and cosmetic products.

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Why are they still around?

Even though the negative effects of EDCs are well-known, decision-makers struggle to regulate them effectively. In fact, only a handful of the known EDC substances have been identified and listed on the EU Candidate List, which is the first step towards restricting a harmful chemical.

Since there are many more out there that should also be regulated, ChemSec has identified 32 EDCs that fulfill the EU criteria for inclusion on the Candidate List.

What can my company do?

To protect human health as well as the environment, and stay ahead of regulation, it’s important that companies take a proactive approach and start phasing out EDCs from their products and processes immediately.

ChemSec has developed a four-step flowchart to get the substitution work started. The flowchart includes practical questions that will improve companies’ chemicals management and guide them towards the use of safer chemicals instead of EDCs.