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SAICM Emerging Policy Issues and Other Issues of Concern

Endocrine-disrupting chemicals

The International Conference on Chemicals Management (ICCM) has recognized that endocrine-disrupting chemicals (EDCs) can have adverse effects on human health and the environment and that there is a need to protect humans and ecosystems and their constituent parts that are especially vulnerable.

The Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the World Health Organization (WHO) have been leading actions in this area since 2012.

ICCM4 invited the Inter-Organization Programme for the Sound Management of Chemicals to further develop and implement the plan of work for the cooperative actions in an open, inclusive and transparent manner.

All interested SAICM stakeholders are encouraged to provide support in these efforts.

Useful links

Report by UNEP and the WHO: State of the Science of Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals – 2012
This report identifies concerns, including evidence in humans, laboratory animals and wildlife that exposure to endocrine-disrupting chemicals can result in adverse effects; the most critical window of exposure is during development and exposure during early life stages can result in adult-onset disease; and an important focus should be on reducing exposure.

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