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On Oct. 21, the agency made available the battery of scientific assays and test guidelines for conducting the assays, as well as a schedule for issuing test orders to manufacturers for 67 chemicals during the next four months. The data generated from the screens will provide information to help the agency identify whether additional testing is necessary, or whether other steps are necessary to address potential endocrine disrupting chemicals.
Testing, conducted through the agency's Endocrine Disruptor Screening Program, will eventually expand to cover all pesticide chemicals, the agency said in a press release. The agency will review the responses, evaluate the data, determine the potential of endocrine interaction, and whether additional testing is necessary to guide further regulation.
The EDSP is the most comprehensive mandated testing program for hormone effects in the U.S., the agency said. The program is the result of a multi-year effort that includes validation of the science through a transparent scientific review process.
"After years of delay, EPA is aggressively moving forward by ordering the testing of a number of pesticide chemicals for hormone effects," said Steve Owens, assistant administrator of EPA's Office of Prevention, Pesticides, and Toxic Substances. "These new data will be carefully evaluated to help identify potential hormone disruptor chemicals."