On October 31, 2016 the Dutch National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM) published two reports concerning the identification of endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs) from an environmental perspective and human health perspective. RIVM states that “currently . . . it is impossible to determine, based on the standard information requirements, whether chemicals meet the draft criteria [for identification of EDCs] recently published by the EU Commission” (FPF reported). Therefore, “there is a need for a strategy to enable companies and governments to assess whether chemicals are endocrine disrupting,” RIVM states. The strategy proposed by RIVM shall comprise 1) including available methods in legislation, 2) developing new scientific research methods, and 3) developing guidance for implementing the EU EDC identification criteria.

On October 17, 2016 the European Commission’s (EC) Directorate-General for Health and Food Safety (DG SANTE) issued a mandate to the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) and the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) to provide assistance to the EC to issue guidance for the implementation of its proposed EDC criteria (FPF reported).

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RIVM (November 2016). “Need for strategy to assess endocrine disrupting chemicals.

ChemWatch (November 10, 2016). “Mode of action tests needed to identify EDCs, says RIVM.


Dang, Z. et al. (2016). “Endocrine disrupting chemicals within EU legal frameworks: environmental perspectives.

Graven, C. et al. (2016). “Endocrine disrupting chemicals within EU legal frameworks: human health perspective.