Endocrine Disruptors


Human and animal life is widely exposed to many artificial substances that interfere with the sensitively constructed hormonal system. Substances that interfere with hormones are called Endocrine Disrupting compounds/chemicals (EDC). EDCs are a truly emerging risk. There is strong evidence for negative effects on animal organisms and mounting evidence for effects on human health. Evidence is mounting that specific substances are connected to human bodily injuries. For the risk management of liability insurers it is crucial to monitor this emerging risk. A greater clarity regarding the associated costs has to be achieved.The paper gives a brief introduction to the risk and it aims at increasing awareness. A dialogue should be started taking into account risk-mitigation strategies and the involvement of all stakeholders.

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