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ACC Comments on WHO/UNEP Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals Report


Contact: Scott Jensen (202) 249-6511  
Email: scott_jensen@americanchemistry.com 

WASHINGTON (Feb. 19, 2013)The World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) released a report today entitled “State of the Science of Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals” regarding the health effects of human exposure to certain chemicals. The results encourage more in-depth research on the relationship between endocrine disrupting chemicals and their potential impact on human health.

The American Chemistry Council (ACC) issued the following statement in response:

“ACC believes it is important to better understand how chemical exposures might impact the endocrine system to cause adverse health effects. To help identify and address potential risks associated with chemicals, ACC’s members have contributed to the research and development of standardized and validated screens and tests to study substances and their potential effects on the endocrine system.

“As the 2012 WHO/UNEP report points out, characterizing the strength and totality of the evidence is an integral step in evaluating scientific studies. It is important to use a systematic, transparent approach to evaluate scientific evidence about the relationship between environmental exposures and health effects.

“ACC is disappointed, therefore, that best practices of systematic evidence-based review were not used in the 2012 WHO/UNEP report. Specifically, the report authors did not employ objective criteria for determining data quality and study reliability, and the weight of evidence approach used in the 2002 WHO/IPCS State of the Science report was abandoned and substituted with the judgment of the authors. The conclusions of the report should be viewed in light of this lack of adherence to these basic principles of scientific inquiry for evaluating cause and effect.”

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