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 Gori, Gio Batta and Pelkonen, Olavi and Lang, Florian and Nijkamp, Frans P and Stemmer, Kerstin and Li, Albert and Savolainen, Kai and Hayes, A Wallace 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. Food and Chemical Toxicology, 62. A1-A4.

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Abstract

We, the undersigned editors of prominent 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). 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.