Science and policy on endocrine disrupters must not be mixed: a reply to a "common sense" intervention by toxicology journal editors

Environ Health. 2013 Aug 27:12:69. doi: 10.1186/1476-069X-12-69.


The "common sense" intervention by toxicology journal editors regarding proposed European Union endocrine disrupter regulations ignores scientific evidence and well-established principles of chemical risk assessment. In this commentary, endocrine disrupter experts express their concerns about a recently published, and is in our considered opinion inaccurate and factually incorrect, editorial that has appeared in several journals in toxicology. Some of the shortcomings of the editorial are discussed in detail. We call for a better founded scientific debate which may help to overcome a polarisation of views detrimental to reaching a consensus about scientific foundations for endocrine disrupter regulation in the EU.

Publication types

  • Editorial
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Endocrine Disruptors / toxicity*
  • Environmental Exposure*
  • Environmental Pollutants / toxicity*
  • European Union
  • Government Regulation
  • Health Policy
  • Humans
  • Periodicals as Topic*
  • Toxicology / standards*


  • Endocrine Disruptors
  • Environmental Pollutants