October 11, 2012 by Melanie Gross
SETAC approved the establishment of a new Global Advisory Group on Endocrine Disrupter Testing and Risk Assessment (EDTRA). The idea for this advisory group was developed by Taisen Iguchi (Japan), Mike Roberts (UK), Lennart Weltje (Germany), Gary Ankley (USA) and Tom Hutchinson (UK), and I was pleased to join the Steering Committee of this new group.
The aims of the EDTRA Advisory Group are to:
- Serve as a focal point within SETAC globally as a means of involving the membership in research and debate on endocrine disrupter risk assessment
- Have direct and active links with existing regional SETAC advisory groups (including the SETAC North America Advisory Group on Human Health Risk Assessment)
- Stimulate critical assessment in order to establish the best available science
- Encourage the worldwide incorporation of the best available science and strategic approaches
- Advance the overall understanding of the fate, effects and potential risk assessment consequences of known and suspected endocrine disrupters
- Provide scientific support to ensure effective regulatory decision making
- Provide a neutral platform and focal point for collaborative identification, evaluation and resolution of scientific issues
Participation in the EDTRA AG is open to all interested parties. Visit the EDTRA group page to join and for more information on upcoming planned activities.