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Hormone (endocrine) disrupting substances in the environment

As part of the Government's response to these concerns, Defra has funded a number of major programmes of research, including Endocrine Disruption in the Marine Environment (EDMAR) and the Endocrine Disruption in Invertebrates and Top Predators (EDIT) research programme. Research priorities in aquatic environments were identified in a Defra sponsored workshop and were used as the basis for an open call for research proposals. Those selected formed the Endocrine Disruption in Aquatic Environments (EDAQ) research programme of 8 projects, conducted across laboratories in Europe and the UK.

Several projects have collaborative links with Japanese laboratories and institutes. A further phase of Government funded work brings together elements of earlier work in a multidisciplinary study to investigate the implications of endocrine disruption to fish populations and the benefits of high level treatment of sewage effluent discharges. Future research will consider how improved understanding from the endocrine research programme may be applied to tackle wider chemical issues.

Our approach includes:

  • regular workshops to provide future directions for research based on the outcome of current work programmes
  • the use of expert steering groups to ensure the best science is commissioned and delivered;
  • regular expert reviews of current and future trends in themed areas of potential chemical impact to ensure that emerging issues are identified as early as possible; development of new test guidelines with OECD partners;
  • International collaboration to make use of the broadest network of scientific ideas and expertise.

You can access the reports developed in the Endocrine research programme, workshop outputs, other background information and links to National and International collaboration websites on the National Archives:

Page last modified: 23 December 2008