A group of five EU member states – Denmark, Belgium, France, Sweden and the Netherlands, have recently taken the initiative to launch a website – Endocrine Disruptor Lists. This website is the first of its’ kind, as no official European list of identified endocrine disruptors (EDs) was previously available and only few substances have been officially identified as endocrine disruptors.
The aim of the website is to primarily inform stakeholders about the current status of:
- Substances that are identified as EDs at EU level;
- Substances that are under evaluation for endocrine disrupting properties under an EU chemicals legislation;
- Substances that are considered as EDs by one or more of the participating countries.
The compilation of this information in one place will improve knowledge about EDs, increase transparency, coherence and consistency, while also aiding coordination across the various legislative areas. For European authorities to be able to regulate these substances, they must first be identified and prioritised. It is also possible that identification and regulation of additional EDs may be facilitated by this new website.
In December 2019, the European Commission (EC) began a Fitness Check of all EU legislation related to EDs. The EC is currently examining whether the EU chemical legislations are adequate to ensure the safety of human and environmental health, minimising exposure to EDs and whether there is coherence between the legislations. The Fitness Check results are expected to be available in the coming months.
For more information, go to Endocrine Disruptor Lists: edlists.org