Scientifically unfounded precaution drives European Commission's recommendations on EDC regulation, while defying common sense, well-established science and risk assessment principles

Dietrich, Daniel R and von Aulock, Sonja and Marquardt, Hans and Blaauboer, Bas and Dekant, Wolfgang and Kehrer, James and Hengstler, Jan and Collier, Abby and Batta Gori, Gio and Pelkonen, Olavi and Lang, Florian and Nijkamp, Frans P and Stemmer, Kerstin and Li, Albert and Savolainen, Kai and Wallace Hayes, A and Gooderham, Nigel and Harvey, Alan (2013) Scientifically unfounded precaution drives European Commission's recommendations on EDC regulation, while defying common sense, well-established science and risk assessment principles. ALTEX : Alternatives to Animal Experimentation, 30 (3). pp. 381-382. ISSN 1868-596X

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Abstract

We, the undersigned editors of journals of pharmacology and toxicology, are drawing your attention to the imminent decisions by the European Commission to enforce a regulatory framework for so-called endocrine-disrupting chemicals (EDCs).1 The currently drafted framework is based on virtually complete ignorance of all well-established and taught principles of pharmacology and toxicology, of opinions raised by the European Commission’s own competent expert authority (European Food Safety Authority (EFSA 2013), and of critical statements made by member countries, while avoiding asking for support from the European Commission’s own scientific expert committees.