Major Danish study identifies nine new EDCs

Major Danish study identifies nine new EDCs List based on 'solid' scientific evidence, meets EU criteria 1 November 2018 / Data, Denmark, EDCs The Danish environment ministry has published a major study that identifies nine new substances as endocrine disruptors based on "solid scientific evidence". The study, commissioned by the Danish EPA and carried out by researchers from the DTU Food Institute and the University of Southern Denmark, screened thousands of chemicals for endocrine-disrupting properties. Bisphenol AF ( BPAF ), considered an alternative to bisphenol A (BPA), is amongst them. Earlier this year an NGO called on EU regulators to "phase out" the use of groups of similar chemicals to prevent substitution of one hazardous substance with a related one that has similar properties. The nine chemicals identified as EDCs and their effects are: bisphenol AF – humans and environment; di-n-pentylphthalate – humans; tris(methylphenyl) phosphate – humans; and salicylic acid – humans. All nine chemicals can be termed EDCs based on the EU's new criteria for pesticides that came into force in June, a report from the study said. None of the substances have yet been subject to evaluation under the EU regulatory system. The study's 'list of lists' took more than a year to compile through scientific research to prioritise potential EDCs from several existing lists of hazardous chemicals published by NGOs and authorities. These include, for example, ChemSec's Substitute It Now ( SIN ) List and another from the World Health Organization (WHO). Earlier this year the UN also released its own record. A major contribution came from Echa in the form of a 'master list' of some 7,200 substances – a confidential database of mainly registered chemicals at tonnages of 100t or higher. The Danish EPA signed a confidentiality agreement to obtain access to it, senior DTU researcher Sofie Christiansen told Chemical Watch. The final list was assembled from a priority lineup of 28 substances from Echa's master list and 28 from other databases. The two sets were handled differently because the Echa list included a "substantial" amount of information that was not in others, the report said. It also identified four other chemicals as suspected EDCs. These, listed below, could not be determined as EDCs due to gaps in data: 2-(4-tertbutylbenzyl)-propionaldehyde – humans;

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