Science and policy on endocrine disrupters must not be mixed: a reply to a “common sense” intervention by toxicology journal editors

Åke Bergman, Anna-Maria Andersson, Georg Becher, Martin van den Berg, Bruce Blumberg, Poul Bjerregaard, Carl-Gustav Bornehag, Riana Bornman, Ingvar Brandt, Jayne V Brian, Stephanie C Casey, Paul A Fowler, Heloise Frouin, Linda C Giudice, Taisen Iguchi, Ulla Hass, Susan Jobling, Anders Juul, Karen A Kidd, Andreas KortenkampMonica Lind, Olwenn V Martin, Derek Muir, Roseline Ochieng, Nicholas Olea, Leif Norrgren, Erik Ropstad, Peter S Ross, Christina Rudén, Martin Scheringer, Niels Erik Skakkebæk, Olle Söder, Carlos Sonnenschein, Ana Soto, Shanna Swan, Jorma Toppari, Charles R Tyler, Laura N Vandenberg, Anne Marie Vinggaard, Karin Wiberg, R Thomas Zoeller

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The “common sense” intervention by toxicology journal editors regarding proposed European Union endocrine disrupter regulations ignores scientific evidence and well-established principles of chemical risk assessment. In this commentary, endocrine disrupter experts express their concerns about a recently published, and is in our considered opinion inaccurate and factually incorrect, editorial that has appeared in several journals in toxicology.
Some of the shortcomings of the editorial are discussed in detail. We call for a better founded scientific debate which may help to overcome a polarisation of views detrimental to reaching a consensus about scientific foundations for endocrine disrupter regulation in the EU.
Original languageEnglish
Article number69
JournalEnvironmental Health (Online Edition)
Publication statusPublished - 2013


  • Endocrine disrupting chemicals
  • Environment
  • Health
  • Precautionary principle
  • Regulatory toxicology
  • Endocrine Disruptors/toxicity
  • Humans
  • Environmental Exposure
  • Environmental Pollutants/toxicity
  • European Union
  • Government Regulation
  • Health Policy
  • Periodicals as Topic
  • Toxicology/standards

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