Brussels, 6 March 2013 – ECETOC’s work on the identification and
evaluation of endocrine disrupting chemicals has been recognised by
the American Society of Toxicology (SOT) whose Risk Assessment
Specialty Section (RASS) awarded it ‘Best Published Paper Advancing
the Science of Risk Assessment’.
The award-winning ECETOC paper, ‘Risk assessment of endocrine
active chemicals: Identifying chemicals of regulatory concern’, provides
a science-based set of criteria to be used in the evaluation and
regulation of substances with endocrine disrupting properties.
This paper was published by an ECETOC task force established in 2008
to provide scientific input on the evaluation criteria for endocrine
disrupters. In chemicals legislation today, including REACH, the
fundamental criteria to define endocrine disrupting properties are not
defined. The ECETOC task force recommends the use of key scientific
criteria including chemicals’ potency, specificity and severity of effects,
relevance of mode of action of toxicity and negligible exposure etc.
The paper’s lead author Dr Remi Bars said, “This award reinforces the
importance of considering all available scientific information including
hazard assessment and exposure consideration to properly regulate
chemicals with endocrine disrupting properties.”
Dr Alan Poole, Secretary General of ECETOC said, “We are grateful that
the Society Of Toxicology has recognised the significance of the
ECETOC task force’s contribution to the risk management of hormone
active agents. I congratulate the task force on their outstanding work.”
The paper was publ ished in the Regulatory Toxicology and
Pharmacology Journal in 2012 and can be accessed here. !It "#$%&'
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quality science in human and environmental risk assessment of chemicals.
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