Highlights prepared by Greenfacts of the report: The scientific criteria for identification of endocrine disruptors and appropriateness of existing test methods for assessing effects mediated by these substances on human health and the environment. A report adopted on 28 February 2013 and prepared on request from the European Commission.
The Highlights of the report in 8 questions and 8 answers
1. What were the questions asked to the Scientific committee? Three specific questions were posed by the Commission in the terms of reference, namely:
- What scientific criteria should be used to identify EDs?
- What is an adverse effect and how can it be distinguished from physiological modulation?
- Are existing toxicity testing methods appropriately covering the effects of endocrine active substances?
The opinion expressed is based on an evaluation of existing information, current insights and scientific activities on „endocrine disruptors‟, from European and other international parties which had to include the final report „State of the Art Assessment of Endocrine Disrupters‟(Kortenkamp et al., 2011). To this end, EFSA followed its specific Standard Operating Procedure detailing the steps necessary for establishing, updating or closing a scientific working group.
The declarations of interests of all short-listed experts were checked for absence of conflicts of interest before they could be invited to participate in the working group to contribute in their personal capacity, as an observer or as a hearing expert.