In an article published on October 3, 2016 the European Commission’s (EC) Joint Research Centre (JRC) announced that it launched the Endocrine Active Substances Information System (EASIS) on September 30, 2016. This web-based application “allows searching and collecting results from different scientific studies on chemicals related to endocrine activity,” JRC reports. EASIS currently contains data on 513 substances collected from over 9,000 studies and covering in vitro and in vivo assays in different species, including some human data. The system builds on a previous database created by the Directorate-General for Environment and will be updated regularly, JRC informs. The aim of EASIS is “to collect results from peer-reviewed studies” and thus “help to build a bridge between research communities, regulators, and industry.” Further, it shall “support screening and assessment of potential endocrine disruptors.”

JRC notes that “the presence of a substance in EASIS does not mean it necessarily possesses endocrine activity or that it is an endocrine disruptor, since both positive and negative results are included.”

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JRC (October 3, 2016). “Launch of Endocrine Active Substances Information System (EASIS).