Endocrine disrupting chemicals

Endocrine disruptor is an exogenous substance or mixture that alters function(s) of the endocrine system and consequently causes adverse health effects in an intact organism, or its progeny, or (sub) populations. (IPCS, 2002)

A potential endocrine disruptor is an exogenous substance or mixture that possesses properties that might be expected to lead to endocrine disruption in an intact organism, or its progeny, or (sub) populations. (IPCS, 2002)

In February 2013, UNEP and WHO released the report State of the Science of Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals - 2012 which identifies concerns, including evidence in humans, laboratory animals, and wildlife that exposure to endocrine-disrupting chemicals can result in adverse effects and highlighted that an important focus should be on reducing exposure. Read Summary for decision makers.

Ten years earlier, the International Programme on Chemical Safety (IPCS) of UNEP, WHO and ILO had published the Global Assessment of the State of the Science of Endocrine Disruptors. The report concluded inter alia that the understanding of the effects of to wildlife and humans EDCs was incomplete and that strengthened international collaborative efforts in a number of areas were of high priority.

In 2012, the third session of the International Conference on Chemicals Management agreed that international cooperation to build awareness and understanding and promote actions on endocrine-disrupting chemicals was an emerging policy issue. The Conference considered that information dissemination and awareness-raising on endocrine‑disrupting chemicals were particularly relevant and that improving the availability of and access to information on such chemicals was a priority. Later in 2015, the fourth session of the Conference invited the United Nations Environment Programme and the World Health Organization to address the needs identified by developing countries and countries with economies in transition by generating and disseminating information on endocrine-disrupting chemicals.

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SAICM - Endocrine-disrupting Chemicals from UN Environment on Vimeo.