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Endocrine Disruptors: Fresenius Symposium to be Devoted to the Implementation of the New EU Regulation

The EU is seeking to regulate endocrine disruptors – chemicals that can influence the hormone system – more strictly. New criteria for identifying such substances in biocides have already been in force since June 2018; these criteria are now due to take effect in the pesticide sector this coming November. In addition, the European Commission is also planning new regulations for toys, cosmetics and food packaging. Akademie Fresenius will be hosting their ninth international conference “Endocrine Disruptors" in Cologne/Germany on 20 and 21 November. This conference will be providing an overview of the current legislation and will be discussing the ecotoxicological and toxicological challenges involved.

Akademie Fresenius has been able to win the support of distinguished experts from the industry, the scientific sector and the authorities for this year’s conference. These will be providing the participants with concrete assistance on the new guideline on identifying substances contained in pesticides and biocides with endocrine-disrupting properties which was published by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) and the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) in June of this year. The conference will also be taking a look at the latest developments in Japan and at risk communication in connection with endocrine disruptors.  


  • Representative of the European Commission’s DG SANTE
  • Niklas Andersson, European Chemicals Agency (ECHA)
  • Domenica Auteri, European Food Safety Authority (EFSA)
  • Lisa Baumann, University of Heidelberg
  • Alan Breen, Irish Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine
  • Jean-Pierre Busnardo, Corteva Agriscience
  • Elke Eilebrecht, Fraunhofer Institute for Molecular Biology and Applied Ecology IME
  • Taisen Iguchi, Japanese National Institute for Basic Biology
  • Laurent Lagadic, Bayer
  • Mark Lohmann, German Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR)
  • Stefania Lymperi, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki 
  • Kamel Mansouri, ILS, Contractor Supporting NICEATM, U.S. National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS)
  • Peter Matthiessen, Independent Consultant
  • Emily McVey, Dutch Board for the Authorisation of Plant Protection Products and Biocides (Ctgb) 
  • Stephanie Melching-Kollmuss, BASF
  • Ninja Reineke, Chemicals, Health and Environment Monitoring Trust (CHEM Trust)
  • Lennart Weltje, BASF
  • James Wheeler, Corteva Agriscience

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Dates: 20 and 21 November 2018

Location: Cologne/Germany 

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