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First EDC Expert group meeting, Helsinki

HEAL is an observer of the EU Endocrine Disruptor Expert Group that recently met in Helsinki. This group which focuses on substances with endocrine disrupting properties, provides informal and non-binding scientific advice on questions related to identification of EDCs.

The advice provided by the Expert Group, which is coordinated by the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) does not anticipate or interfere with decision-making under the REACH Regulation, which exclusively remains the responsibility of the competent bodies designated in it. The work of the group started in February this year.

HEAL participates in the meetings as an accredited stakeholder organisation, giving its input and expertise on the need to protect people’s health from EDCs. Other experts include those nominated by the EU Member State competent authorities, the EU Commission, and other ECHA accredited stakeholder organisations such as CHEM Trust, and industry associations.

The group focuses on questions related to the identification of endocrine disrupting properties of chemicals and, in particular, on:

  • Questions related to screening methods/activities to identify potential endocrine disruptors;
  • Questions related to the development of integrated approaches to testing and assessment of endocrine disrupting properties;
  • Feedback and recommendations on complex scientific issues related to information and testing needs for potential endocrine disruptors; and
  • Specific questions on the interpretation of test data as well as other relevant information in relation to the identification of endocrine disrupting properties.

More information on the group available here

Originally posted on 6 March 2014

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