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EU strategy on endocrine disruption

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icon Useful links relevant to the Endocrine Disrupter Research Community

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European Union bodies
  • Europa - General information on the European Union. General information on DG Research’s environment-related activities can be found on this server

  • The European Environment Agency aims to support sustainable development and to help achieve significant and measurable improvement in Europe's environment through the provision of timely, targeted, relevant and reliable information to policy making agents and the public.

  • European Chemicals Bureau (ECB) is a unit within the Institute for Health and Consumer Protection at the Joint Research Centre in Ispra, Italy. ECB’s tasks cover the whole range of EU directives and regulations on the monitoring, control and management of chemical products. This is achieved through the implementation and improvement of regulations for:
    • Classification and labelling of dangerous substances
    • The notification of and risk assessment for new substances
    • Development and harmonisation of testing methods
    • Data collection and risk assessment for existing substances
    • Export/import control of restricted chemicals
    • Authorisation and evaluation of biocides
    • Review programme of plant protection products

  • The Institute for Environment and Sustainability is one of the institutes that constitute the Joint Research Centre of the European Commission. In line with the JRC mission, the aim of IES is to provide scientific and technical support to European Union strategies for the protection of the environment contributing to a sustainable development. Endocrine disrupters are mentioned in the work programme of the Joint Research Centre.
International bodies and programmes
National governmental bodies and programmes
Austrian government information on endocrine modulators

The Federal Department of the Environment in Belgium gives out environmental information.

The webpage of the Czech Ministry of Environment.


The Danish Environmental Protection Agency spheres of activity are concentrated on preventing and combating water, soil and air pollution. It provides information and guidance about the rules for using chemicals, ensuring that the rules are followed appropriately by companies, manufacturers, citizens and so on. See also the webpage of the National Environmental research Institute.


The webpage of the Estonian Ministry of Environment.


The German Umweltsbundesamt provides information on issues related to environmental protection and policies. See also the website of the German Council of Environmental Advisors.


The Hellenic Ministry of the Environment gives out environmental information, focused on Greece.


Finnish research programme on environmental health (SYTTY) has sponsored research projects on chemicals including those with endocrine disrupting properties.

The Finnish Ministry of the Environment supports certain environmental research projects. The Finnish Environment Institute has a research programme on environmental contaminants. See also the HELCOM website.


The French Ministry of Ecology and Sustainable Development provides information on issues related to environmental protection and policies. See also the website of the French Environment Institute.

The French national research and safety institute for the prevention of occupational accidents and diseases maintains a website giving information on endocrine disrupters in French. French environment ministry published an expert report on endocrine disrupters in 2003 calling for more research in this area.


The Irish Environmental Protection Agency


The Italian Environment Agency.

The Italian National Health Institute maintains a website on endocrine disrupters and related activities.


The webpages of the Latvian Ministry of Environment and the Latvian Environment Agency.


The Polish Ministry of the Environment has a webpage giving information on various environment-related issues in Poland.


The Spanish Ministry of the Environment provides information on environmental issues.


Swedish Environmental Protection Agency is a central environmental authority under the Swedish Government, with a mandate to co-ordinate and drive forward environmental work nationally and internationally.


The Netherlands Ministry for Housing, Spatial Planning and the Environment is a source of information on environmental issues.

The website of the Dutch National Institute for Public Heath and the Environment provides information on environmental issues.

Uk The aim of the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs of the UK (DEFRA) is sustainable development, which means a better quality of life for everyone, now and for generations to come, including:
  • a better environment at home and internationally, and sustainable use of natural resources;
  • economic prosperity through sustainable farming, fishing, food, water and other industries that meet consumers' requirements;
  • thriving economies and communities in rural areas and a countryside for all to enjoy

DEFRA has sponsored research projects on endocrine disruption.

The Institute for Environment and Health (UK) aims to promote a healthier environment through:

    • Facilitating information exchange
    • Identifying and evaluating environment and health issues
    • Managing research programmes on the adverse effects of chemicals
      In this way they aim to deliver a better understanding of the risk to human health and the environment from exposure to hazardous substances in air, water and soil. Principal current research topics include air pollution, endocrine disrupters, epidemiology, food and diet, and human exposure and risk assessment. IEH has a database available on EDC.

The UK Environment Agency is a regulatory body looking after, e.g. air and water quality.

IEH published in 2005 a report called “Chemicals purported to be endocrine disrupters” [ - 350 Kb]. Note from IEH: inclusion of a substance in the list does not constitute an endorsement of its status as an EDC.

Poland Switzerland has a national research programme aiming at developing scientific strategies to asses the risks and hazards associated with endocrine disrupters).

The webpage of the Icelandic Ministry of Environment. See also the webpage of the Environmental and Food Agency.


The webpage of the Israeli Ministry of Environment.


The National Institute for Environmental Studies of Japan, part of the Ministry of the Environment, has an endocrine disruptors and dioxins research project. See also the Ministry of Environment’s webpage.


The Norwegian Institute of Public Health has developed methods to detect certain endocrine-disrupting chemicals.


In 1996, the US Environmental Protection Agency ’s (EPA) Office of Research and Development (ORD) identified endocrine disruption as one of its top-six research priorities and developed a risk-based research approach to address some of these uncertainties. ORD’s research programme is based on a peer-reviewed research plan published in 1998 and has three long-term goals. EPA has published a special report on environmental endocrine disruption: an effects assessment and analysis. The ECOTOXicology database (ECOTOX) is a source for locating single chemical toxicity data for aquatic life, terrestrial plants and wildlife. An inventory of federal research projects can be found at

The US National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) is one of 27 institutes and centres of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), which is a component of the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS). DHHS published a report in 2001 on potential carcinogens including substances with ED potential. The mission of NIEHS is to reduce the burden of human illness and dysfunction from environmental causes by understanding each of these elements and how they interrelate. The NIEHS achieves its mission through multidisciplinary biomedical research programmes, prevention and intervention efforts, and communication strategies that encompass training, education, technology transfer , and community outreach. One research activity is birth and developmental defects, sterility, breast and testicular cancers.

The US Centre for the Evaluation of Risks to Human Reproduction (CERHR) website gives the latest information about potentially hazardous effects of chemicals on human reproduction and development. This Centre is managed by the National Toxicology Program (NTP) which coordinates toxicological testing programmes, strengthens the science base in toxicology; develops and validates improved testing methods; and provides information about potentially toxic chemicals to health regulatory and research agencies, the scientific and medical communities, and the public.

NICEATM (the NTP Interagency Center for the Evaluation of Alternative Toxicological Methods) is a part of the National Toxicology Program. It administers the Interagency Coordinating Committee on the Validation of Alternative Methods (ICCVAM), providing scientific and operational support. ICCVAM and NICEATM work together to evaluate the usefulness and limitations of new, revised, and alternative toxicological test methods. The ICCVAM home page is located at

ICCVAM develops in vitro test methods for detecting potential endocrine disruptors.

The Biological Resources Division (BRD) of the US Geological Survey (part of the US Department of the Interior) has sponsored a number of research projects dealing with endocrine-disrupting chemicals.

The CRIS (the US Department of Agriculture's documentation and reporting system) sponsors research projects in agriculture, food and nutrition, and forestry. Several projects are related to endocrine disruption.

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