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Research

In the Fourth Framework Programme of Research (1994-1998) around 12 million euros were spent on projects dealing with endocrine disruption. Since most effects of endocrine-disrupting chemicals had at that time been observed in the environment and, in particular, in the aquatic world, many of the projects focused on fish populations.

In the Fifth Framework Programme of Research (1998-2002), The Quality of Life and Management of Living Resources Thematic Programme (QoL) has spent over 44 M on ED projects and has sponsored 20 large projects. The Energy, Environment and Sustainable Development Programme (EESD) has financed 7 projects with a total budget of around €16 M touching on ED via the key actions Sustainable Management and Quality of Water and Sustainable Marine Ecosystems. In 2001, the two programmes, as a direct response to the need of making efforts for enhancing research, identify in the Community Strategy for Endocrine Disruptors; launched a joint call focused on endocrine disruptors. The final outcome was the establishment of the CREDO (the Cluster of Research into Endocrine Disruption in Europe ) cluster, which was formally launched in March 2003. The cluster consists of 4 projects encompassing 63 laboratories in Europe and with a total budget of approximately € 20 M.

Endocrine disruption research in the Sixth Community Framework Programme for Research and Technological Development (2003-2006) was covered under the Thematic Priorities 5 "Food Quality and Safety", Subarea: Environmental Health Risks, and the Priority 6 "Sustainable development, global change and ecosystems". In priority 5 a large Network of Excellence, CASCADE, focused on research, risk assessment, education, and information on chemicals as contaminants in the food chain was launched in February 2004.

In the Seventh Community Framework Programme for Research and Technological Development (2007-2013), research on endocrine disruptors was mainly funded under Theme 'Environment' but also under 'Health' and 'Food, Agriculture and Biotechnology'.

Further information on completed and ongoing FP5, FP6 and FP7 projects can be found here.