Introduction to EDCs

Endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs) are chemicals that may interfere with the body’s endocrine system and produce adverse developmental, reproductive, neurological, and immune effects in both humans and wildlife. A wide range of substances, both natural and man-made, are thought to cause endocrine disruption, including pharmaceuticals, dioxin and dioxin-like compounds, polychlorinated biphenyls, DDT and other pesticides, and plasticizers such as bisphenol A. Endocrine disruptors may be found in many everyday products– including plastic bottles, metal food cans, detergents, flame retardants, food, toys, cosmetics, and pesticides. Research shows that endocrine disruptors may pose the greatest risk during prenatal and early postnatal development when organ and neural systems are forming.

AWHHE projects

http://awhhe.am/protecting-women-from-endocrine-disrupting-chemicals/

http://awhhe.am/the-project-supported-by-ggf-related-edcs-issues-in-armenia/

AWHHE publications

[e-versions of our EDC publications]

Partner resources

IPEN http://ipen.org/documents/introduction-endocrine-disrupting-chemicals-edcs

HEAL http://www.env-health.org/policies/chemicals/

EDC-free Europe http://www.edc-free-europe.org/

PAN-Europe http://www.pan-europe.info/campaigns/disrupting-food

WECF http://www.wecf.eu/english/chemicals-health/topics/edc.php

Эко-согласие http://www.ecoaccord.org/

Other useful resources

UNEP/SAICM http://www.saicm.org/EmergingPolicyIssues/Endocrinenbsp;Disruptingnbsp;Chemicals/tabid/5476/language/en-US/Default.aspx

WHO http://www.who.int/ceh/risks/cehemerging2/en/