EDCs, semen quality, and testicular cancer

Editorial in The BMJ discusses parallel trends in semen quality and testicular cancer rates, suggests that EDC exposures could be a risk factor, calls for detailed research on EDCs and male reproductive trends

Legal options for EDC criteria

Several options exist for EU Commission’s next actions on EDC criteria for pesticides; legal experts see responding to EP’s objection concerning exemption for pesticides with intended endocrine mode of action as the quickest way forward

ANSES: Not enough data on TMBPF

ANSES finds insufficient data to conclude on the potential endocrine disrupting properties of tetramethylbisphenol F (TMBPF), a bisphenol A alternative

EU Parliament vetoes EDC criteria

EU Parliament’s vote rejects EU Commission’s proposal for EDC identification criteria for pesticides; asks to remove exemption for the substances with intended endocrine mode of action, deliver new proposal ‘without delay’

WHO: Environmental risk factors and noncommunicable diseases

World Health Organization publishes new report highlighting contribution of environmental factors, including exposure to chemicals, to noncommunicable diseases burden

Environment MEPs object EDC criteria

European Parliament’s Environment Committee supports objection to EU Commission’s proposal for EDC criteria, highlights unlawful exemptions for compounds with intended endocrine activity, calls on full Parliament to veto criteria proposal

Focus on ‘BPA-free’ products

Article discusses common BPA substitutes and whether products labeled ‘BPA-free’ are safer

Public consultation on 9 new SVHCs

ECHA opens public consultation on proposals for 9 substances of very high concern, including BPA as environmental endocrine disruptor; deadline for comments is October 20, 2017

EFSA: Systematic review of BPA literature

Scientists and research organizations comment on EFSA’s protocol for the safety reassessment of bisphenol A; full report on public consultation to be published end of 2017

EC adopts EDC criteria for biocides

EU Commission adopts endocrine disruptor identification criteria for biocides following the endorsement of criteria for pesticides in July 2017