In an article published on April 15, 2016 the German Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR) announced that “a consensus on the identification of endocrine disruptors was reached” at an expert conference held on April 11-12, 2016 in Berlin, Germany (FPF reported). 23 international scientists and four observers from the European Commission (EC), the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA), and the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) participated in the conference. During the two-day meeting, the participants produced a document listing “the criteria for identifying the hazard potential of harmful endocrine substances.”

“The consensus reached is a breakthrough in the scientific discussion on endocrine disruptors and of great importance for the consumer health protection in Europe,” stated Andreas Hensel of BfR. “The results can support the European Commission in taking science-based measures where required to reduce endocrine disruptors, for instance in consumer products, pesticides and also in food,” Hensel added.

The meeting report shall be published on BfR’s website soon. A scientific publication of the consensus document is also intended. A selection of presentation slides and video recordings of the conference is available on BfR’s website.

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BfR (April 15, 2016). “Breakthrough in the scientific discussion of endocrine disruptors.

Emma Davies (April 21, 2016). “‘Breakthrough’ hailed in EDCs logjam.Chemical Watch