The endocrine system produces hormones that help our bodies function properly and regulate things like growth and metabolism.  The potential for adverse effects to wildlife from exposure to chemicals that could impact the endocrine system has been an important area of research for several decades. To help assess potential impacts to wildlife from exposure to endocrine-active compounds, environmental risk assessments are required to ensure their safe use. 

In February of 2016, a diverse panel of leading scientific experts from academia, government and industry met at a workshop to discuss "Environmental Hazard and Risk Assessment Approaches for Endocrine-Active Substances". The primary objective of the workshop was to provide science based, objective advice to regulators and policy makers on whether to select a hazard- or a risk-based approach for regulating endocrine-active chemicals.

Six case studies were evaluated to provide a foundation of key issues that should be considered for completing risk assessments of endocrine-active systems. In addition, the paper summarizing the evaluations provides broad guidance for scientists working in regulatory authorities, industry, and academia on issues likely to arise during the ecotoxicological hazard and risk assessment of endocrine-active chemicals. The primary conclusion of this paper is that if data on environmental exposure and effects are scientifically sound and reliable, the identified endocrine activity should be evaluated using a standard risk assessment just like any other mode of toxicity. The full journal article can be accessed here: http://bit.ly/2HzYdwF. In addition to this publication, a podcast showcasing this paper workshop and four others publications were published as an outcome of this workshop that are aimed at improving screening, testing and assessment of compounds with potential endocrine activity can be viewed here: http://bit.ly/2EUilem.

"It was a rewarding experience to have worked with this team of international experts to recommend science-based approaches on how to assess potential risk of endocrine-active compounds in the environment."

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"It was a rewarding experience to have worked with this team of international experts to recommend science-based approaches on how to assess potential risk of endocrine-active compounds in the environment."

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