Sciensano & Endocrine disruptors

Last updated on 14-2-2020 by Daisy Tysmans

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.

Sciensano’s Risk and health impact assessment and Organic contaminants and additives services have collaborated on the research project “Assessing potential health risks from migration of polycarbonate substitutes in baby bottles and materials in contact with food for children under 3 years” (ALTPOLYCARB) funded by the Public Federal Service for Public Health, food chain safety and environment.

The Risk and health impact assessment service is also involved in a project aimed at improving the knowledge about the effects of prenatal exposure to endocrine disruptors on the health of infants and young children. Measurements of different endocrine disruptor levels are performed on placenta samples taken from the Belgian population (mother-newborn cohort). Bisphenol A is also included in the list of studied compounds.

Risk and health impact assessment

Sciensano’s Risk and health impact assessment service mainly provides scientific support to the Directorate General Environment of the Federal Public Service for Public Health, safety of the food chain and the environment.

At the request of the competent authorities, Sciensano’s scientific experts provide advice on certain substances suspected of endocrine disruption.

Together with other European experts, they also participated in the revision of criteria and guidance for the identification of these endocrine disruptors.

Sciensano also organized a workshop on endocrine disruptors in collaboration with the Belgian Society for Toxicology and another specific course on ‘the identification of Endocrine Disruptors in the context of the regulation on Biocides’ for the Belgian Authorities.

Consumer safety

The Organic contaminants and additives service has many years of experience in the field of food contact materials and has ISO 17025 accreditation for the analysis of the migration of different substances such as bisphenol A, phthalates, aromatic amines, formaldehyde (formaldehyde), etc.

The division is also part of the European network of reference laboratories in the field of food contact materials.

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