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.

For more information, including the latest science and resources, see the Endocrine Society’s EDCs topic page.

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.

Take Action

Urge Parliament to Prioritize EDC Regulation

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The European Commission has launched initial steps towards developing a comprehensive strategy on endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs) but additional pressure is needed to ensure that it follows through on this important effort. We have an opportunity to raise the profile of EDCs and ensure that the Parliament prioritizes this issue throughout their 5-year term from 2019-2024.

The European Commission has launched initial steps towards developing a comprehensive strategy on endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs) but additional pressure is needed to ensure that it follows through on this important effort. We have an opportunity to raise the profile of EDCs and ensure that the Parliament prioritizes this issue throughout their 5-year term from 2019-2024.

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