Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals Briefing Room

Endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs), a broad category of compounds widely used in consumer products, electronics and agriculture, have been associated with a diverse array of health effects, including infertility, cancer, birth defects and metabolic disease. The European Union is taking the lead on regulating these chemicals, through legislation such as REACH (Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and Restriction of Chemicals) and regulations on pesticides and biocides. The outcome of these policy discussions will be crucial not only for consumer and public health protection in the EU, but will also set scientific and policy precedents for other national policies and for the global approach to regulation of these chemicals.

Read the Endocrine Society's "Introduction to Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals (EDCs): A Guide for Public Interest Organizations and Policy-maker". This is a joint Endocrine Society-IPEN initiative to raise global awareness about Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals (EDCs).

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Also read The Endocrine Society's Scientific Statement on EDCs, EDC-2 (updated in 2015)