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30 May 2016

Endocrine disruptors cost tens of billions of euros to the European Union

A new research study by the Institute for Risk Assessment Sciences (IRAS) at Utrecht University estimates that the socio-economic costs associated with people's exposure to endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs) in the European Union range between 46 and 288 billion euros per year. The report, published in early April, was commissioned by the Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment.

The report lists over 80 diseases that are linked to EDC exposure. The highest EDC-associated health costs arise from neurobehavioral effects, including such conditions as attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and autism, and from metabolic disorders, such as obesity and diabetes.

The authors acknowledge that these cost estimates should be interpreted with care, particularly considering the uncertainties about EDC causality and the different methodologies used to calculate health-related costs.

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