EFSA seeking stakeholder experts for EDC guidance

EFSA looking for stakeholder experts to consult drafting of guidance on identification of endocrine disruptors; deadline for nominations is January 31, 2017

DEHP disrupts insulin signaling

Scientists find that long-term oral exposure of adult rats to the phthalate DEHP disrupts insulin signaling pathways, resulting in the development of insulin resistance

Occupational exposure to BPA

Scientists measure urinary BPA in workers from industries that use or manufacture BPA; find on average 70 times higher levels compared to general public

BPS affects maternal behavior

Exposure of pregnant and lactating mice to human-exposure-relevant dose of bisphenol S (BPS) impairs maternal behavior, what can lead to lower offspring survival; behavioral effects also seen in daughters of exposed mice

No vote on EDC criteria yet

No formal vote on proposed EDC criteria took place during latest SC-PAFF meeting; Commission likely to re-draft proposals due to wide disagreement among stakeholders

EDCs and the pesticide industry

Opinion articles highlight influence of pesticide industry on the regulation of endocrine disruptors in Australia and Europe

Outline of EDC guidance

EFSA and ECHA publish outline of guidance enabling identification of endocrine disruptors; public consultation on draft guidance scheduled for summer 2017

New loopholes with revised EDC criteria

NGO CHEM Trust criticizes Commission’s newest draft EDC criteria for persisting high burden of proof and loopholes that allow continued use of endocrine disrupting pesticides

EDCs in urine of pregnant women

French human biomonitoring study reveals that most pregnant women have quantifiable levels of EDCs in their bodies

EDC criteria and trade implications

EU Health Commissioner Andriukaitis meets with ambassadors from North and South America, asserts that EU EDC criteria will address concerns over possible trade restrictions