European Commission is consulting public on identifying EDCs

06.10.14 |

The European Commission is consulting organisations and individuals on identifying Endocrine Disruptors (EDCs). With the on-line consultation the Commission wants the public to help define criteria for EDCs as required by the regulations on biocidal and plant protection products.

EDCs are artificial hormones that act as natural ones in our bodies. Our hormones are a product of the endocrine (hormone) system, which comprises of the organs and glands that function, but are not limited to: growth, reproduction, digestion, and even responding to stressful situations. EDC exposure is most critical during stages of development because these artificial hormones can take the place of natural ones, which can hinder the proper development of the endocrine system, thus possibly causing long-term negative health effects.

The consultation can be found here.

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