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

Ake Bergman, Anna-Maria Andersson, Georg Becher, Martin van den Berg, Bruce Blumberg, Poul Bjerregaard, Carl-Gustaf 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, Nicolas Olea, Leif Norrgren, Erik Ropstad, Peter S Ross, Christina Rudén, Martin Scheringer, Niels Erik Skakkebaek, 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
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 27 Aug 2013



  • endocrine disrupting chemicals
  • environment
  • health
  • precautionary principle
  • regulatory toxicology

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Bergman, A., Andersson, A-M., Becher, G., van den Berg, M., Blumberg, B., Bjerregaard, P., Bornehag, C-G., Bornman, R., Brandt, I., Brian, J. V., Casey, S. C., Fowler, P. A., Frouin, H., Giudice, L. C., Iguchi, T., Hass, U., Jobling, S., Juul, A., Kidd, K. A., ... Zoeller, R. T. (2013). Science and policy on endocrine disrupters must not be mixed: a reply to a "common sense" intervention by toxicology journal editors. Environmental Health, 12(1), [69].