This FAQ aims to answer many of the questions people have about these chemicals; the questions are divided into three groups. It’s also available as a pdf here.
You can also get the latest news on EDCs from our blog.
General questions about Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals (EDCs)
- What are EDCs?
- Is endocrine disruption a new issue?
- What sort of chemicals are EDCs, what are they used for?
- Why is there concern about EDCs?
- What’s so special about EDCs?
- Can man-made EDCs have any serious impact on health given that our bodies are used to dealing with naturally occurring phytoestrogens from food?
- If EDCs are so dangerous then why haven’t they been banned? Surely all chemicals in products have been tested to show they are safe?
- Industry claims chocolate could be banned as well, is it true?
- As people live much longer nowadays what is the evidence of the damaging effects due to EDCs?
- Aren’t the increased trends in chronic diseases all down to our lifestyle or do EDCs play a role?
- Is the cocktail effect only a hypothesis?
- How does CHEM Trust engage in the current EU debate on EDCs?
Regulation of EDCs
- What is happening at European Union (EU) level on EDCs?
- Have any EDCs been banned in the EU?
- Why are extra measures needed, when current tests and regulations will address any real toxic effects due to EDCs?
- Do EDCs have thresholds and can safe exposure values be identified?
- Some people claim the precautionary principle is unscientific, is this true?
- Are there any benefits from stricter controls for EDCs?
- What should future risk management for EDCs in the EU look like?
More technical questions & answers on EDCs
- Should a potency cut-off be included in the criteria for identification of EDCs?
- Are the effects of EDCs seen in the laboratory reversible?
- What effects are adverse?
- Aren’t pharmaceuticals with EDC properties the main cause of environmental impacts, rather than industrial chemicals from consumer products?
- Is it a problem that some pharmaceuticals have EDC properties?
- What definition should be used for identifying EDCs?
This FAQ has been linked to by BBC online.
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