Workshops play an important role in the process of scientific research, allowing for interchange of knowledge and opinion, the establishment of collaborative groups of researchers, and development of a general consensus on the state of the science field. Workshops also assist in the identification of gaps in knowledge and in developing novel approaches to address the issues of concern. There have been many workshops dedicated to the question of endocrine disruption.
A workshop entitled "The Impact of Endocrine Disruptors on Human Health and Wildlife" was held in Weybridge UK between 2nd and 4th of December 1996 to address the scope of the endocrine disruptor issue within an European context. In particular it sought to identify gaps in knowledge and outstanding epidemiological questions, to summarise current research activities, and define future research priorities for the Commission and Member States. Other aspects considered included monitoring needs and approaches, and the development of testing and screening methods. The workshop was supported by the European Commission, the European Environment Agency, the WHO European Centre for Environment and Health, the OECD, national authorities and agencies of the UK, Germany, Sweden (Chemicals Inspectorate) and The Netherlands, as well as CEFIC and ECETOC.
In 2001, the European Commission held an international workshop on endocrine disruptors with sponsorship by the Swedish Ministry for Environment, Swedish National Chemicals Inspectorate (KEMI), OECD, WHO and the European Environment Agency. The workshop took place on 18-20 June 2001 in Aronsborg (Bålsta) Sweden and was intended to follow up several of the elements of the Community Strategy for Endocrine Disruptors (COM (1999) 706). In particular, the meeting focused on monitoring, research and development, test methods/testing strategy and international cooperation.
The workshop reached a number of important conclusions and made a range of recommendations covering a number of areas.