In an article published on September 2, 2016 by the regulatory news provider Chemical Watch, Luke Buxton informs that the Danish European Protection Agency (Danish EPA) is working on revising its list of potential endocrine disruptors (EDCs). An expert workshop on this topic should be held in early 2017.
The first version of this list was produced in 2011 and contained 25 substances considered to be ‘known or suspected’ EDCs. It was partly based on the Substitute It Now (SIN) list by the non-government organization International Chemical Secretariat (ChemSec). The planned update is expected to include the new information generated since 2011, particularly within the Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH) program. The updated Danish list of EDCs is expected to be of help to other Member States and higher European authorities regulating these substances.
Recently, scientific criteria for EDC identification, largely based on the definition by the World Health Organization (WHO), were proposed by the European Commission (FPF reported). This proposal has been heavily criticized by different stakeholders (FPF reported). In his interview to Chemical Watch, the Danish EPA chemicals management Magnus Løfstedt has said that the EDCs to be included on the Danish list “will be assessed ‘whether or not’ they fulfill WHO criteria.”
Luke Buxton (2016). “Denmark to publish updated list of EDCs.” Chemical Watch (published September 2, 2016).