Some chemicals frequently used by consumers can affect the endocrine (hormonal) system, which may lead to adverse effects. These chemicals are known as Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals (EDCs). For example, some of these EDCs may interfere with the developmental processes of humans and wildlife. They represent a challenge, as their effects depend on both the level and timing of exposure, being especially critical when exposure occurs during development. Among chemicals used in applications such as pesticides, flame retardants, plastic additives, and cosmetics, a wide range have been identified to affect endocrine systems. Currently, potential adverse effects linked to exposure to these chemicals are being evaluated.
Current IPCP Project on EDCs
In March of 2016, the IPCP announced the start of a project on EDCs. In brief, the IPCP has been tasked by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) to develop a series of overview reports synthesizing scientific knowledge regarding the environmental exposure and associated effects of EDCs. Details regarding the project can be found in the news post and in the press release document available for download.
August 2016 – The draft of the first overview report has been made available for review and opened for comments. More information is available in the Call for Comments on UNEP’s EDC page.