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German Federal Institute for Risk Assessment
On the occasion of an expert meeting organised by the Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR) held in Berlin on 11 and 12 April 2016, a consensus was reached on the identification of endocrine disruptors. The BfR has now published the workshop report from the conference. It contains, among other things, the consensus paper agreed by all participants. The report is published at http://www.bfr.bund.de/cm/349/scientific-principles-for-the-identification-of-endocrine-disrupting-chemicals-a-consensus-statement.pdf
The presentations given at the meeting as well as a preliminary conclusion from the conference are available as videos on the website of the BfR: http://www.bfr.bund.de/en/international_expert_meeting_on_endocrine_disruptors-197246.html
The consensus paper will be published in a scientific journal soon.
Twenty-three internationally renowned scientists took part in the meeting. In addition, four observers from the European Commission, the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) and the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) were present. Among other things, the consensus paper lists the criteria for identifying endocrine disrupting substances. The scientific principles are an important precondition for creating uniform criteria at EU level as a basis for future human health assessments of substances and products with endocrine disrupting properties. The results of the meeting may therefore support the European Commission in developing regulatory criteria for the identification of endocrine disruptors in pesticides and other chemicals and products.
The expert meeting was designed as a discussion platform for scientists. […] the BfR sought to facilitate the exchange of ideas between scientists viewing the issue from different standpoints. […] the BfR began developing and publicising its own scientific position on the identification and characterisation of endocrine disrupting substances a few years ago: http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s00003-016-1016-6.
The BfR publishes workshop report based on the expert meeting on endocrine disruptors_TEC_DE_en_04-05-2016.pdf