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When the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the World Health Organization (WHO) published its 2012 “State of the Science on Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals” report in February 2013, ACC noted, based on our initial read of the report (see ACC’s press release here), that best practices of systematic evidence-based review were not used by the report authors.
To get a better understanding of the processes and conclusions of the WHO/UNEP report, we jointly commissioned, in cooperation with other industry associations*, an in-depth, third-party expert, review led by Dr. James Lamb. This review has been published in the peer reviewed journal Regulatory Toxicology and Pharmacology (publicly available as an open access article).
Joint Statement on Review of WHO/UNEP Report on Endocrine Disruptors (February 2014)
The findings reported in the Regulatory Toxicology and Pharmacology article document that the 2012 WHO/UNEP report:
Given these documented findings, it’s clear that WHO/UNEP needs to take steps to properly examine the strengths and weaknesses of the available research by using sound scientific principles and methods that meet 21st century scientific standards for evaluating complex technical issues, such as endocrine disruption. By meeting these standards, the totality of the objective scientific evidence can be used to inform decision makers in developing approaches to evaluate and regulate chemicals in order to protect public health and the environment.
*The following groups participated: American Chemistry Council; European Chemical Industry Council; Crop Life America; Crop Life Canada; Crop Life International; and the European Crop Protection Association.
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