The way toward a global solution to the identification of EDCsEDCs
Addressing endocrine disruption is an urgent issue that requires global action. The international community recognized the need for action on EDCs in 2006 when SAICM participants included EDCs within the SAICM Global Plan of Action and later agreed to address EDCs as an emerging policy issue of global concern. While some work is currently underway in various countries and sectors, a global approach is needed to advance the work and address the issue of EDCs in all countries.
One of the ways forward is to include EDCs in the UN’s Globally Harmonised System of Classification and Labelling for Chemicals (GHS). If succeeded, it will become a step forward toward a global solution to the identification of EDCs like other hazard classes such as carcinogens, mutagens and reprotoxins (CMRs) substances. Countries would then move to incorporate EDC classification in their national regulations or develop new legislation which will help minimize risks from EDCs.
HEJSupport new publication “EDCs in GHS: toward a global solution to the identification of EDCs” highlights the importance of developing the EDC criteria for GHS and elaborates on the ideas of moving forward.