Endocrine-Disrupting Chemicals

Our Goal: Improved regulation of EDCs in the EU, US, and globally

Why We Care

Endocrine-disrupting chemicals (EDCs) are an exogenous chemical, or mixture of chemicals, that can interfere with any aspect of hormone action. EDCs such as bisphenols, phthalates, and PFAS are found in food, toys, cosmetics, medicines, and plastics as well as throughout the environment. Scientific evidence has shown that exposure to EDCs has contributed to increases in the incidence of neurodevelopmental, reproductive, and metabolic disorders, as well as some cancers.

Since 2013, the Endocrine Society has made improving regulation of EDCs a top priority and has been the leading voice of science in global policy. The Endocrine Society supports effective translation of scientific knowledge on EDCs and their health effects to regulatory policies that protect consumers and improve regulatory testing guidelines. More information on our policy recommendations can be found on our EDCs fact sheet

See the Endocrine Society’s EDCs topic page for the latest science and resources on EDCs. For more information about EDC European Union action, see our EU newsletter

A Guide for Public Interest Organizations and Policymakers

The Endocrine Society and IPEN developed this guide to raise global awareness about endocrine-disrupting chemicals (EDCs) by presenting a comprehensive picture of global exposures and health risks. The guide is available in several languages including:

Policy Communications

View all of our position statements, scientific statements, press releases, advocacy letters to lawmakers, and more in the listing below. You can also use the Content Filter to view specific types of content.

Position Statements Regarding Endocrine-Disrupting Chemicals

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Who We Are

For 100 years, the Endocrine Society has been at the forefront of hormone science and public health. Read about our history and how we continue to serve the endocrine community.