On March 9, 2016 the International Panel on Chemical Pollution (IPCP) announced the launch of a project on endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs), supported by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). The project is led by the current Chair of IPCP, Martin Scheringer, who is a professor of environmental chemistry at the Research Centre for Toxic Compounds in the Environment (RECETOX) at Masaryk University in Brno, Czech Republic, and a senior scientist at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH), Zurich, Switzerland. The project team plans to produce five reports synthesizing the current scientific knowledge on the environmental exposures (sources, pathways and levels) and effects of EDCs in wildlife. Existing regulatory frameworks for EDCs will also be reviewed. Special attention will be paid to ensuring the inclusion of information from developing countries. Of notice, human exposure and effects, as well as EDC testing methods, fall outside the project scope and hence will not be addressed. Interested scientists and other stakeholders should respond to “Calls for Information” and “Calls for Comments” which will be announced on the IPCP EDC page in the future.


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IPCP (March 9, 2016). “IPCP launches project on endocrine disrupting chemicals.