By Little Pro on 2016-03-10 Views: Update:2017-01-18
Japan has been very active in investigating endocrine disruptors for a decade. In 1998, the Ministry of Environment Protection (MEP) started Strategic Programs on Environmental Endocrine Disruptors (SPEED) with a focus on screening of environmental endocrine disruptors. Under the programme, officials prioritised 67 suspected endocrine disrupters for further investigation. In November 2000 officials revised the list down to 65 chemicals.
Japan MEP is now leading a new program named EXTEND (Extended Tasks on Endocrine Disruption) 2010, aiming to accelerate the establishment and implementation of assessment methodologies toward the goal to properly assess the environmental risk of endocrine disrupting effects of chemical substances and to take management measures if necessary.
Information about the volume and uses of specified chemical substances gathered by the CSCL annual reporting and the PRTR report will help authorities select candidate chemicals that need to prioritized for endocrine disruption testing under the EXTEND 2010 programme.
If the results of the EXTEND 2010 programme suggest that a substance has endocrine disrupting properties it will be regulated under Japan’s Chemical Substance Control Law (CSCL) and be subject to restrictions or even ban.
There is no official consolidated list of confirmed endocrine disrutors in Japan. However, there is a list of suspected endocrine disruptors. The evaluation results of some of those substances are publicly available.