Endocrine disruptors

The national strategy on endocrine disruptors has 3 focus areas: knowledge building and development of test methods, action-orientated investigations and regulation. Denmark is actively contributing to the EU work on endocrine disruptors.

Danish proposal for criteria for endocrine disruptors submitted to the EU

Denmark is keen to exert influence on the establishment of new criteria for endocrine disruptors in the EU.

Centre on Endocrine Disruptors
The Centre on Endocrine Disrupters is an interdisciplinary scientific network without walls. The main purpose of the Centre is to build and gather new knowledge on endocrine disruptors with the focus on providing knowledge relevant for the preventive work of the authorities.

The EU list of potential endocrine disruptors
The EU strategy for endocrine disruptors includes the task of compiling a candidate list of potential endocrine disruptors. The list prioritises the substances that must be evaluated further for endocrine disrupting effects.

Campaigns and folders on endocrine disruptors
The aim of the campaigns was to help pregnant and nursing mothers by providing clear, practical tips on chemicals in everyday products. The campaign addressed the network of midwives, general practitioners, maternity nurses and health visitors.

Endocrine disruptors and combination effects
In September 2002, the Danish Parliament approved a report on endocrine disruptors which established the Danish strategy within the field Endocrine disruptors and combination effects.

Combination effects/cocktail effects
Even though exposure to a particular dose of a single chemical does not in itself constitute a risk of effects, there could be a risk if there is simultaneous exposure to other substances at the same time.

Report from expert workshop on combination effects
At a workshop on combination effects and regulatory aspects held by the Ministry of the Environment in January 2009, the experts' conclusions and recommendations were clear.

Combined effects on two year old children
They might eat sand, paint their nails with a felt tip pen, eat dust, suck on shower curtains or put toys in their mouth. Each of the 65,000 two-year-olds in Denmark is a good reason to secure better chemicals in our daily lives.