2nd Annual EDC Forum report and recordings now available

The Second Annual Forum on Endocrine Disruptors took place virtually on 17-18 December 2020. A full report of the conference and the conference recordings are now available.

Read and listen how FREIA coordinator Majorie van Duursen presented challenges and opportunities to identify EDCs that are toxic to female reproduction.

The objective of the Second Annual Forum is to present the actions on endocrine disruptors in the Chemicals Strategy for Sustainability, published as annex to this Strategy, on which the actions are based. In addition, this forum will serve as a platform for policy makers and stakeholders to discuss follow-up actions. Finally, recent developments on endocrine disruptors (research projects funded, European initiatives…) were discussed.

EC asks input from public on EDCs

As part of their strategy for endocrine disruptors, the European Commission will take a cross-cutting look at the approach to endocrine disruptors’ assessment and management in a broad range of legislation.

This “Fitness Check”  includes two public consultations: a public consultation (designed from a citizen’s perspective) and a stakeholder consultation (designed for stakeholders and experts).

You can have your say! The online survey can be found here and is open for comments until 31 January 2020.

EC organises forum on EDCs


The European Commission is organising the first annual Forum on Endocrine Disruptors on 8 November at the EC Conference Centre Albert Borschette.

The Forum will bring together scientists, public and private stakeholders with expertise on endocrine disruptors to exchange information and best practices, identify challenges and build synergies, in order to inform the Commission’s reflections.

The programme will include presentations on the latest state of science and human health protection, on national action plans on endocrine disruptors, and on the European Commission’s work on the fitness check to assess whether relevant EU legislation on endocrine disruptors delivers its overall objective to protect human health and the environment.

This Forum is one of the actions in the Commission Communication of November 2018 « Towards a comprehensive European Union Framework on Endocrine Disruptors », outlining a strategic approach to endocrine disruptors for the years to come, with the ultimate goal of ensuring a high level of protection of EU citizens and the environment as well as to preserve an internal market.

There is the possibility to follow the event via webcast or watch the video of the event afterwards. Both services will be made available here.

European regions call for higher level of protection against EDCs

JUNE 27, 2019 Two months after the European Parliament resolution on the negative impact of a number of chemicals used in food and cosmetics production in the EU, local and regional representatives have called on the European Commission to provide a higher level of protection from hazardous chemicals. According to studies, endocrine disruptors, or EDCs, have a harmful effect on the work of the body’s hormones, leading to infertility, obesity and cancers. In children, they are increasingly linked to autism and other conditions.