Improved regulation of endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs) in the United States and internationally
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 and phthalates 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.
Are you a European based Endocrine Society member who would like to reach out to your European Union national contact to share your concerns about EDCs? Please reach out to our Director of Science Policy, Joe Laakso at to find out how you can help.
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.
The Endocrine Society applauds a recent report from the European Parliament on "Endocrine Disruptors: from Scientific Evidence to Human Health Protection" prepared by Endocrine Society members Barbara Demeneix and Remy Slama. This report illustrates the threat of EDCs and the need for additional action by policymakers in the EU.
Endocrine Society Implements New EDC Advisory Group – Joins with European Societies to Oppose EDC Criteria | June 2017
A new EDC Advisory Group was formed as part of the Endocrine Society’s expanding global advocacy. Advisory Group leaders met with European Commission staff to set priorities and develop and validate tests methods and approaches to evaluating EDCs. Additionally, the Endocrine Society also developed a letter to European Member State ministries that included the opinion of three of the world’s leading international medical and scientific organizations devoted to endocrine research and care and opposed the proposed EDC criteria and objected to the loopholes present in the criteria for certain pesticides.
Endocrine Society Urges European Parliament to Improve Transparency on EDC Criteria | July 2017
The Endocrine Society expressed concerns that criteria voted on by Members States of the EU fails to identify EDCs that are currently causing human harm and do not provide sufficient health and environmental protection. The Endocrine Society therefore urged the European Parliament to improve the transparency of how it implements the criteria and advocated for the engagement of endocrinologists in this process.
Society Leaders Help Inform International EDC Regulations | March 2016
The Endocrine Society met with European Commissioner for Health and Food Safety, Vytenis Andriukaitis, MD and other members of the European Parliament to educate them and discuss the public health dangers of EDCs and contribute scientific expertise.
Legislation Will Reduce Risk of EDCs — Your Support is Needed | July 2016
Senator Diane Feinstein (D-CA) writes about the dangers of EDCs, and advocates for the support of two important bills (the Personal Care Products Safety Act and BPA in Food Packaging Right to Know Act) that would address safety loopholes and update the Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act.
On the 25th anniversary of the Wingspread Conference on environmental endocrine disruption, the NIH National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) hosted a meeting to chronicle the development of the field of endocrine disruption and highlight what we know and what we still must learn.
Combating EDCs in the EU | Dec. 2013
The Endocrine Society expands its advocacy strategy and efforts in the European Union to target EU level decisions and key member countries.
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: