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CPES: Participant at EFSA stakeholder forum on EDCs

The Cancer Prevention and Education Society (CPES) recently attended EFSA’s stakeholder forum where EFSA’s definition of an endocrine disruptor was announced. On the basis of discussions, CPES has some serious concerns about the definition and consequently about the level of health protection which can be offered by any regulation which is based on it. These concerns in brief include:

1. The definition identifies no EDCs for regulation, even though it is known EDCs are a problem and need to be regulated;

2. EFSA’s definition encourages us to wait for proof of harm before acting to stop it, which is at odds with the intent of modern chemicals regulation;

3. It undermines our ability to manage health risks posed by EDCs by making it too difficult to prove that a chemical needs to be controlled because it is an EDC;

4. The new concept of “endocrine active substance” introduces potency into the definition (this is technical but perhaps the biggest worry, so bear with us while we explain this);

5. The fox is applauding the design of the rabbit hutch.

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Last updated on 10 April 2013

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