The Environmental Protection Agency has published a number of scientific assays and test guidelines as the agency prepares to order the screening of chemical effects on hormones, also known as endocrine disruptor screening. EPA shortly will be issuing and announcing test orders to manufacturers to compel generation of the needed data.
Data required under the test orders will provide information to help EPA identify whether chemicals have the potential to interact with the estrogen, androgen, and/or thyroid hormone systems, which regulate growth, metabolism, development, and reproduction. This program, which has been developed through a multi-year research program and validated through a transparent technical review process, will eventually screen all pesticide chemicals. The data generated from the screens will provide robust and systematic scientific information that will help EPA identify and regulate as appropriate potential endocrine disrupting chemicals.
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