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TEDX List of Potential Endocrine Disruptors

Have you been wondering what endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs) might be in your shampoo, or which pesticides or flame retardants are endocrine disruptors? Now you can find out with the new search page for the TEDX List of Potential Endocrine Disruptors that includes 14 different categories to identify the uses and sources of exposure for each chemical. You can also see a short tutorial on how to use the searchable list.

The TEDX List of Potential Endocrine Disruptors is a database of chemicals with the potential to affect the endocrine system. Click here to access the page.

Why do we call them potential endocrine disruptors? No one has defined how much scientific evidence is “enough” to call a chemical an endocrine disruptor (witness the ongoing BPA debate). The purpose of the TEDX List is to present the chemicals for which at least one peer-reviewed study has been published, so that scientists, regulators, advocates, and the public are better informed.

Endocrine effects include not only direct effects on traditional endocrine glands, their hormones and receptors (such as estrogens, anti-androgens, and thyroid hormones), but also all other hormones and signaling cascades that affect the body’s systems and processes, including reproductive function and fetal development, the nervous system and behavior, the immune and metabolic systems, gene expression, the liver, bones, and many other organs, glands and tissues.

To date (October, 2013) there are nearly 1,000 endocrine disruptors on the TEDX List. Chemicals can be searched by full or partial chemical name, by CAS1 number, or by categories derived from the uses and sources of the chemicals.

Every chemical on the TEDX List has one or more verified citations. Each citation is from published, accessible, primary scientific research demonstrating effects on the endocrine system.

References are provided to support each chemical’s inclusion on the list. The number of citations presented in the TEDX List has been limited for practical reasons. It does not reflect the relative amount of research that has been done on each chemical and therefore should not be used as a method of ranking or prioritising.

HEAL has drawn on the scientific resources provided by TEDX for many years. In 2008, HEAL and WWF hosted a strategy meeting with Dr. Theo Colborn. In 2012, Carol Kwiatkowski, Executive Director of TEDX, demonstrated the Critical Windows of Development timeline: A science based tool for exploring environmental origins and disease.

Article adapted from TEDX news release.

Originally posted on 9 October 2013

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