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Call for Comments

Deadline for comments extended!

From 21 July 2016 to 20 September 2016: 

The DRAFT "Overview Report I: A Compilation of Lists of Chemicals Recognised as Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals (EDCs) or Suggested as Potential EDCs" is open for comments.

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This is the draft of a first report within a series of five reports on EDCs that UNEP has commissioned the International Panel on Chemical Pollution (IPCP) to prepare, following the ICCM 3 resolution that had called for international cooperative actions to provide up-to-date information and scientific expert advice to relevant stakeholders, raise awareness and facilitate science-based information exchange. The content of this draft report does not necessarily reflect the views or policies of UNEP and that the designations employed and the presentations of material in this draft report do not imply the expression of any opinion whatsoever on the part of UNEP. 

The series of reports include the following:  (1) compilation of lists of chemicals that have been recognised as EDCs based on the WHO/IPCS 2002 definition or have been suggested as potential EDCs by various stakeholders taking into account scientific considerations; (2) compilation of the current understanding on the life-cycle of EDCs and selected potential EDCs; (3) compilation of levels and trends in the environment exposure to EDCs and selected potential EDCs in different regions; (4) compilation of identified adverse impacts of EDCs and selected potential EDCs; and (5) compilation of existing regulatory frameworks and policy initiatives on EDCs.

The draft of the first report was placed on this website for comments on 21 July 2016 with an initial deadline for stakeholders to submit comments by 19 August 2016. Given interest in the topic and taking into account suggestions received from stakeholders, the deadline for providing comments has been extended until 20 September 2016.

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Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals (EDCs)

In February 2013, UNEP and WHO released the report State of the Science of Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals - 2012 that reviews developments in our understanding of EDCs.

Ten years earlier, the International Programme on Chemical Safety (IPCS) of UNEP, WHO and ILO had published the Global Assessment of the State of the Science of Endocrine Disruptors. The report concluded inter alia that the understanding of the effects of to wildlife and humans EDCs was incomplete and that strengthened international collaborative efforts in a number of areas was of high priority.

As part of the Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management (SAICM) the third session of the International Conference on Chemicals Management in 2012 (ICCM3) adopted a resolution on EDCs stating that international cooperation to build awareness and understanding and promote actions on endocrine-disrupting chemicals is an emerging policy issue. The ICCM4 in September 2015 adopted a resolution on EDCs inviting the Inter-Organization Programme for the Sound Management of Chemicals (IOMC) to further develop and implement the joint UNEP-WHO-OECD workplan on EDCs.

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SAICM Emerging Policy Issue


Side event presentations at the COP BRS 2015, 5 May:

State of the Science of EDCs by Ake Bergman

The Cost of Inaction on EDCs by Ing-Marie Olsson Ressner