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What are the differences between endocrine active substances and endocrine disruptors?
If you missed it, the Scientific Commission (SC) of the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) released an Opinion on the state of the science related to the hazard assessment of endocrine disruptors and whether current tools were sufficient to elucidate the endocrine activity/disrupting properties of these chemicals (EFSA, 2013). This is an important and useful reference document as it outlines key definitions, provides an overview of what current tests are available (or are under development), and outlines where more research is needed.
The SC made a clear distinction between endocrine active substances and endocrine disruptors, the latter being those substances that not only interact with the endocrine system, but result in an endocrine-related adverse effect.
All available data information related to reversibility, critical effects, and severity, must considered in a weight-of-evidence (WoE) approach in evaluating whether a substance is an endocrine disruptor.
EFSA Report can be found here: www.efsa.europa.eu/en/efsajournal/pub/3132.htm
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Today's expert blogger is Joyce Borkhoff. Joyce is the Director of the Chemicals Group, Intertek Cantox and is well known for her ability to effectively characterize and communicate the impacts of the regulatory environment on the chemical industry. She is frequently invited to contribute to trade magazines and to present her advice and experience to a wide range of SME and large multi-national audiences. Her technical and regulatory experience and her deep knowledge of the Chemical Industry, makes Ms. Borkhoff uniquely qualified to provide practical, best-in-class service to help meet and understand Global Chemicals Management requirements.