Denmark is pushing for the designation of new hormone disruptors

In 2016, the Minister for the Environment and Food decided that Denmark should, in cooperation with other countries, draw up a list of hormone-disrupting substances. The background report for this list has just been published.

The Center for Hormone Disorders has prepared the professional background material for the list of hormone disrupting substances, including assessments of whether a number of named substances meet the criteria for being hormonal disorder. 

The last few years, hormone disruptors have been high on the chemical agenda of politicians, scientists and the population. In Denmark, we are international leaders in the field and are at the forefront to ensure increased knowledge of challenges with hormone disrupting substances so that they can be handled to ensure a high level of protection for humans and the environment.

As a first step in this work, the Danish Environmental Protection Agency has received the Center for Hormone Disruptive Substances (CeHoS) to prepare the background material for the preparation of a list of hormone disrupting substances. As part of the project, a large number of drugs found on various authorities and NGOs lists of suspected hormone disruptors have been reviewed and prioritized after knowledge of their hormone disruptive properties and knowledge about exposure to the substances. Subsequently, selected substances have been thoroughly assessed, cf. WHO's definition of hormone disruptive properties and the EU criteria for biocides and pesticides, and it is accordingly considered that there is evidence of the drug's hormone disrupting effects.

In the project, 19 substances have been identified as hormonal disorder, and for nine of the substances this is a new identification. Ten of the substances have previously been identified as hormonal disorder of CeHoS, cf. WHO's definition, but these substances have now been reassessed against the criteria for biocides and pesticides that came into force this year. These are substances that are used for many different purposes, such as pesticides, consumer products and industrial chemicals.

The Chemicals Initiative's agreement 2018-21, which the parties to the Folketing have behind, implies that focus on hormone-disrupting substances will continue. Among other things, research and knowledge building in the field and the impact of EU legislation must be ensured. The draft report will also be included in the further work here.

See the full report here



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