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Endocrine Disruption

How Does EPA Use Information from the Endocrine Disruptor Screening Program?

EPA uses data collected under the Endocrine Disruptor Screening Program (EDSP), along with other hazard information, to determine if a pesticide chemical, or other substance that may be found in sources of drinking water, may pose a risk to human health or the environment due to disruption of the endocrine system. 

When EPA integrates and interprets all of the endocrine disruptor-related hazard data in consideration with other available hazard information, EPA:

  • performs a hazard assessment to identify potential health effects that may occur from different types of chemical exposure;
  • conducts an exposure assessment by looking at the amount of chemical to which wildlife or humans are likely to be exposed; and
  • performs the risk assessment through which EPA integrates the information about the potential harm of a chemical with the likelihood that someone or something will be exposed.

Based on scientifically sound risk assessment, the Agency can make risk management decisions regulating the chemical(s).

Learn more about EPA's tiered approach for screening chemicals.