Sciensano issues its opinion on cases of substances suspected of endocrine disruption and analyzes the migration of endocrine disruptors in food. Sciensano also analyzes endocrine disruptor levels in human tissues.
Imbalances and dysfunctions of the endocrine system can lead to well-known diseases, such as diabetes and obesity, infertility and certain types of cancer. In addition, disruption of the endocrine system may cause birth defects and learning disabilities.
Endocrine disruptors can have a natural origin such as phytoestrogens in soya or an artificial origin, such as bisphenol A, certain phthalates, certain pesticides, etc.