SETAC Globe - Environmental Quality Through Science
  21 June 2012
Volume 13 Issue 6

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6th SETAC Europe Special Science Symposium on Environmental Endocrine Disrupter Testing and Evaluation: Current and Future Developments

Annegaaike Leopold, Wildlife International, Ltd.

We have all heard about endocrine disrupters, but the EU and the US have now reached the stage of their active regulation, and this is proving expensive, difficult and controversial. This symposium will discuss all the important regulatory issues, in depth. Its purpose is to disseminate and exchange up-to-date knowledge of endocrine disrupter environmental testing and assessment, information of immediate value to regulators and the chemical industry. The focus will primarily be on the implications of endocrine disrupters for European regulation of plant protection products, industrial chemicals, biocides and pharmaceuticals. It will provide expert briefings from the regulatory, industry and testing laboratories’ perspectives on test design and interpretation, hazard verus risk assessment, weight-of-evidence approaches and alternatives under development for vertebrate testing. Regulatory developments and future directions for addressing the areas of concern will be discussed.

The symposium will cover key topics including

  • Why endocrine disrupters are of regulatory concern
  • Current regulatory requirements in the EU, USA and Japan
  • Standardised ecotoxicity tests for EDCs – What do and don’t they contribute?
  • Regulatory criteria for EDCs in the European Union
  • Applying tests for EDCs in hazard and risk assessment schemes and weight of evidence schemes
  • New and alternative tests for EDCs
  • Intelligent testing strategies for EDCs

A final panel discussion with questions from the audience will round off the symposium.

We welcome poster abstract submissions, which will be evaluated by the steering committee. Ample time will be given during the symposium for authors to discuss their work on research related to the theme of the symposium. Please note that your poster should focus on the contribution that your approach makes (e.g., new research, modelling, exposure assessment, fate and effects assessments) to enhancing the hazard and risk assessment of endocrine disrupters. Submit your poster abstract online at before 30 August 2012.

Who will benefit from this conference?

  • Environmental scientists from business, government and academia working in the fields of registration, risk assessment and research
  • Contract research organisations and consultants offering services related to the hazard and risk assessment of endocrine disrupters

Why attend?

  • To obtain up to the minute information on the regulations being enacted to control endocrine disrupters
  • To obtain a detailed briefing on the methods that will be used to assess the hazards of EDCs and their potential risks
  • To contribute questions to, and learn from, panel discussions with the speakers
  • To be part of a great networking opportunity for face to face dialogue with experts

You can register for the symposium online at Please note that registration is limited to 135 participants on a first-come, first-served basis.

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