Endocrine disruptors explained by ECHA



The EU has decided on criteria for identifying whether a substance used in a biocidal product has an impact on our endocrine system. The criteria will apply from 7 June 2018. We take a deeper look at what endocrine disruptors are, why they should be regulated and what the new criteria mean for companies.

What are endocrine disruptors? Our bodies have a network of glands and organs that produce, store and secrete hormones called the endocrine system. Many organs can produce and release hormones, but the standard endocrine organs include the brain, ovaries, testes, thyroid, pancreas and adrenal glands. The hormones travel around the body in blood and other bodily fluids, signalling any organ that has a receptor for that particular hormone.

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