Scientists back EU endocrine disrupter list

Toxicology committee says work to target priority hormone-mimicking substances back on track

A report for the European Commission clearing most of a nine-strong shortlist of industrial chemicals suspected of having serious hormone-mimicking effects has been backed by the EU's highest scientific oversight committee. The priority list was published by the Commission in 2001 (EED 20/06/01).

The report, drafted by consultants WRc, concluded that only one substance on the list - tetraBDE - had "critical endocrine disrupter effects". Of the eight others, one, Resorcinol, needed further testing. Seven had no critical endocrine effects, with the caveat that data was patchy. Three natural/synthetic hormones were confirmed as endocrine disrupters.

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