Endocrine Disrupters – Developing criteria

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During the 2010 Danish Presidency of the Nordic Council of Ministers environment and health was a prioritized subject. The aim was enhanced Nordic information exchange. To support this aim a number of Nordic workshops were held to strengthen the capacity building and discuss future regulatory aspects in the area of endocrine disruptors, combination effects, and soft regulatory measures and effective risk communication. One of the workshops held in November focused on developing criteria for endocrine disruptors. This report describes the workshop presentations, the ensuing discussions, and the outcome.




During the past 20 years, concerns have increased that many of the chemicals that we are surrounded by every day, may affect our health via effects on the endocrine system. Today, we know that not only effects on the reproductive system but also thyroid hormonal altering effects of endocrine disruptors (ED) are evident in both humans and wild animals. Furthermore, recent research indicates that endocrine disruptors may also influence other hormonal systems or pathways (cf. e.g. John M. Greally (2010).


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