Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals (EDCs) may interfere with the body’s endocrine system and produce adverse developmental, reproductive, neurological, and immune effects in both humans and wildlife. A report issued in March 2013 jointly by the United Nations and the World Health Organization states that “Endocrine Disrupters (EDCs) are a global threat to fertility and the environment.”
Developed or industrialized countries are doing advanced EDCs related research where developing countries are becoming aware about EDCs now-a-days. Realizing the threat of EDCs to children and future generation; Environment and Social Development Organization- ESDO from Bangladesh along with IPEN support the nomination of Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals (EDCs) an emerging global policy issue under SAICM and the SAICM stakeholders’ action to prioritized EDCs.
Initiatives of ESDO to address EDCs
There is little research done on the EDCs and there is even gap in the knowledge about historic trend of EDCs, for instance due to lack of knowledge it could not be confirmed if EDCs are responsible for increased reproductive problems. Considering the situation ESDO has already started a study to assess countries situation on EDCs and its impact on environment as well as on human health. In accordance to the study we are expected to publish a report by June, 2015. ESDO also initiated public awareness campaign on EDCs since end of 2013
Harmful Impacts of EDCs on Wildlife
Primary initiatives to avoid EDCs containing products- Bangladesh Perspective
Policy and Regulations in Bangladesh
Considering the risks which have been pointed out by scientists, the regulatory development to restrict use of EDCs in consumer products has been rather slow in Bangladesh. The Essential Commodity Act, 1990 should imply on EDCs. The purpose of administering this act is to include broad spectrum of activities like storage, transport, distribution, disposal, acquisition, use or consumption of any essential commodity containing synthetic chemicals.
factsheet on EDC-Pratitee.pdf (Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals A lurking Threat in Bangladesh)