Society Letters

Endocrine Society Submission to Rapporteur Toxics and Human Rights

March 30, 2021

To Dr. Marcos A. Orellana, Special Rapporteur on Toxics and Human Rights:

"The Endocrine Society appreciates the opportunity to provide a submission to inform the upcoming thematic report on the right to benefit from scientific progress and its applications. Founded in 1916, the Endocrine Society is the world’s oldest, largest, and most active organization dedicated to the understanding of hormone systems and the clinical care of patients with endocrine diseases and disorders. Our membership of over 18,000 includes researchers who are advancing our understanding of the effects of exposures to chemicals that interfere with hormone systems, also known as endocrine-disrupting chemicals (EDCs). EDCs have been demonstrated by abundant scientific evidence and confirmed by international consensus to cause significant adverse health effects in humans. Strong evidence exists for a causative role for EDCs in metabolic disorders such as obesity and diabetes, female and male reproductive health disorders, hormone-sensitive cancers including breast cancer and prostate cancer, thyroid disease, and developmental neurological and neuroendocrine effects."

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