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Green scientists propose safety testing system for development of new chemicals
Date:12/7/2012

do not have adequate tools for avoiding the introduction of endocrine disrupting chemicals into their products. Furthermore, they feel that governments have not come up with adequate methods for regulating against endocrine disrupting chemicals. The researchers concluded that as the understanding of the threat of these chemicals to human health has grown, the need for an effective testing strategy for endocrine disrupting chemicals has become imperative. According to Collins, effective testing will help to protect health and the environment and will safeguard chemical manufacturers while reducing the need for future regulatory interventions.

The researchers used 20 years of research on endocrine disruptors to create a five-tiered testing system called the Tiered Protocol for Endocrine Disruption (TiPED). Manufacturers can use any of the tiers to test their products based on their needs. Each tier increases with complexity and cost, as well as with the reliability of results. As a proof of concept, the researchers tested six known endocrine disruptors using all five tests. Each disruptor was identified as being "endocrine active" by one or more of the tests.

The researchers hope that chemists and companies will incorporate these tests at the early stages of product development, allowing them to detect and avoid endocrine disrupting chemicals early on. By using the tests, manufacturers can create safer products and provide their consumers with peace of mind in knowing that the products tested are safe from endocrine disruption to the highest standards of science at any given time. The researchers plan to update the tests as new research on endocrine disruptors becomes available.


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Contact: Jocelyn Duffy
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