Sciensano provides advise on dossiers on substances suspected of endocrine disruption and analyses the migration of endocrine disruptors into food. Sciensano also analyzes the levels of endocrine disruptors 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.