Criteria and Regulation

Even though the problems associated with EDCs have been known and studied in the scientific community for more than twenty years, the process of transferring this knowledge into protective regulation has proven to be slow and partly controversial.

In the EU, under the chemicals regulation REACH, only a handful of EDC substances have been identified and listed on the Candidate List. Under the EU pesticide and biocide regulations, substances having endocrine disrupting properties that may cause adverse effects will not be approved for use.

However, the criteria needed to define endocrine disrupting properties are not yet in place. The process has been greatly delayed. One probable scenario is that once established, these criteria will also be used for other EU regulation.