Endocrine Disruptors (ED) are chemicals, which under certain conditions can affect adversely on human and animal hormonal systems causing serious health effects. Among these substances, we can find metals, industrial chemicals, pharmaceuticals, plant protection active substances, biocidal active substances and cosmetic substances.
In Europe, only under the Plant Protection and Biocidal products frameworks, an assessment of the endocrine disruptor potential is compulsory required for every single substance, either if it is an active substance or a product’s coformulant (industrial chemicals).
Industrial chemicals, metals and cosmetics (regulated under REACH) and pharmaceuticals are not required to be investigated for these disrupting properties, unless they are used as coformulant of PPP or biocides, what is very surprising considering the direct exposure to humans and also the indirect exposure to the animals when the residues of these substances achieve the environment.
In our expert opinion, the precautionary principle, the common approach followed in Europe for biocides and plant protection products should be also applicable to industrial chemicals, metals, cosmetics and pharmaceuticals. It is not fair in Europe to have some Industry sectors under this pressure to investigate the potential for endocrine disruption only for certain substances and not others that may be more risky for health.
This assessment is very complex and KAELTIA’s Experts can assist your company to assess the endocrine disruptor potential of any substance. Please do not hesitate to contact us for assistance.