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Endocrine Disrupters – Combination effects

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During the 2010 Danish Presidency of the Nordic Council of Ministers environment and health was a prioritized subject. The aim was enhanced Nordic information exchange. To support this aim a number of Nordic workshops were held to strengthen the capacity building and discuss future regulatory aspects in the area of endocrine disruptors, combination effects, and soft regulatory measures and effective risk communication. One of the workshops held in November focused on combination effects, with a special focus on endocrine disruptors. This report describes the workshop presentations, the ensuing discussions, and the outcome.

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Workshop session 4: The way forward

The members of the two groups agreed that the existing regulatory framework is not sufficient to regulate combination effects of ED and other types of chemicals or to manage the risk resulting from combined exposure. It was suggested that Member States should explore the limitations of the existing legislation by providing examples of e.g. risk assessment, restrictions, and quality criteria that clearly show the need for a stronger regulation of this area. This would show the need for development of, for example, specific EU guidance on assessment of combination effects or for strengthening the legal provisions in existing legislation.

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