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Pure Appl. Chem., 2003, Vol. 75, No. 11-12, pp. 2549-2553

Risk management options for endocrine disruptors in national and international programs

J. C. Lamb, IV, H. B. W. M. Koëter, R. Becker, A. Gies, Les Davies, T. Inoue, A. Jacobs, G. Lyons, M. Matsumoto and G. Timm

BBL Sciences, BBL, Inc., Reston, VA 20190, USA; Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, Paris, France; American Chemical Council, USA; UBA, Germany; Department of Health and Ageing, Australia; NIHS, Japan; U.S. Food and Drug Administration, USA; World Wildlife Fund, UK; Chemical Management Policy Division, Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, 1-3-1Kasumigaseki, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 100-8901, Japan; U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, USA

Abstract: This workshop was convened to address common issues and concerns associated with risk management of endocrine-disrupting chemicals (EDCs). The talks described the tools and policies for key Japanese, Australian, German, and U.S. regulatory agencies. The agencies participating in the workshop were responsible for the regulation of various substances including: chemicals, pesticides, environmental contamination, pharmaceuticals, and food additives. The panel also described the role of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) in standardizing the tools and validation of testing and screening methods. The panel also included nongovernmental organizations presenting the views of the World Wildlife Fund, and the chemical industry from industrialized nations; each organization described its concerns and proposed approaches to risk management of EDCs. This summary highlights the most important areas of common points of view of government, industry, and environmentalists. We also try to identify issues upon which viewpoints diverge.