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The voice of endocrinology at the 5th Annual Forum on Endocrine Disruptors

The voice of endocrinology at the 5th Annual Forum on Endocrine Disruptors

The 5th Annual Forum on Endocrine Disruptors took place in Brussels, the heart of the European Union, on 19-20 October 2023. The event brought together a broad range of policy makers, NGO representatives, academic and industry to discuss the latest developments in the area of endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs). The conference was also a key momentum to push forward ESE’s political agenda including our ambition for the removal of all EDCs from our environment.

ESE took an active part in the preparation of the programme and had several prominent expert speakers present. They conveyed the impact of EDCs on the health and well-being of adults and children alike and presented important public health initiatives that could reduce exposure for vulnerable groups in our society.

During the session dedicated to National, Regional, and Local Initiatives, Aleksandra Buha-Djordjevic from the University of Belgrade, Serbia presented two public health initiatives in her country which aim to reduce EDCs for vulnerable groups, including children and expectant mothers. Tina Kold Jensen from the University of Southern Denmark, Odense, presented data from a child cohort on the impact of Per-and Polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) on children's development during the session dedicated to PFAS. She emphasised the need for stricter EU regulation to eradicate the presence of PFAS in our environment, which continue to impact on children’s health, including their neurological function, fertility, and overall development.

For more information and to watch the recording of the event, including the presentations by Prof. Buha-Djordjevic and Prof. Kold Jensen, please visit the conference website