Special issue on EDCs and behavior

Special issue of peer-reviewed journal Hormones and Behavior focuses on endocrine disrupting chemicals’ effects on behavior; articles address molecular mechanisms, animal studies and epidemiological observations, discuss specific chemicals including BPA, triclosan, PBDEs, PFASs

Recommendations for non-toxic environment

Health and Environment Alliance (HEAL) calls on EU Commission to release strategy for non-toxic environment, recommends 12 priority actions

Endocrine Society criticizes EU’s EDC strategy

Endocrine Society deems EU’s EDC criteria insufficient to protect public health, EDC guidance too restrictive, calls for extending EDC strategy to cover more product groups, including FCMs, and to protect most vulnerable populations, such as fetuses, children, adolescents

EDC guidance document published

EFSA and ECHA release pre-publication version of guidance for implementation of criteria to identify endocrine disruptors; guidance applies to biocides from June 7, 2018 and to pesticides from November 10, 2018

Public consultation on 4 phthalates’ Authorisation List entries

EU Commission to update Authorisation List entries for DEHP, DBP, BBP, DIBP to reflect endocrine disrupting properties; ECHA consults on uses no longer exempted from authorization, such as FCMs, until August 6, 2018

EDC strategy addressed at European Parliament

Members of EU Parliament, EU Commission and national government representatives, scientists, NGOs convene to discuss endocrine disruptors, call on EU Commission to update EDC strategy

EDCs impact neurodevelopment across generations

Scientists obtain epidemiological evidence demonstrating adverse effects of EDC exposure on neurodevelopment in humans across several generations

Sweden to propose BPA analogue as SVHC

Swedish Chemicals Agency will propose 4,4′-isobutylethylidenediphenol as substance of very high concern to avoid regrettable substitution of bisphenol A

France vs. EU: Ban on BPA in FCMs

Internal briefing document reveals EU Commission’s past intention for legal action against France’s ban of bisphenol A in food contact materials; Commission-internal disagreements put case on hold

Plastic use and exposure to estrogenic chemicals

U.S. pilot study asks participants to reduce plastic use related to food purchase, preparation, storage; blood samples indicate decrease in total estrogenic activity after changing plastic use behavior