COMMISSION ON SOIL AND WATER CHEMISTRY (VI.3)
Title: Oestrogenic Chemicals in the Environment
Completion Date: 2002 - project completed
Strong evidence has been accumulating that humans and wildlife species
have suffered adverse health consequences resulting from exposure to natural
and anthropogenic substances called 'endocrine disruptors' exhibiting anti-estrogenic,
androgenic or anti-androgenic characteristics. Exposition to this kind of
substances has probably far-reaching consequences which will strongly influence
future generations. The aims of this study are to review recent information
about major endocrine disruptors including exposition data and soil and water
routes, of anthropogenic and natural endocrine disrupters, highlighting the
need for further action.
A Task Group of experts was formed to carry the project which is
coordinated with the 'special
PAC issue', undertaken by DCE in collaboration with ICSU. To date,
recent publications and policy paper published by different national
and international institutions were reviewed, summarizing recent information
about relevant endocrine disruptors including exposition data and routes,
and especially test systems for the assessment of endocrine activity.
A draft report was prepared and circulated for comments. After discussions
at the IUPAC General Assembly (August 1999), a revised draft of the
report is to be prepared that includes (~ 50 to 60 pages) the comments
and additions suggested.
A preliminary draft has been submitted and final report is planned
for publication in early 2002.
Project completed - IUPAC Technical Report published in Pure
Appl. Chem. 75(5),
Last Update: 21 May 2003