Ensuring Health & Safety

What are endocrine disruptors?


Endocrine disruption is an important, technically complex issue that has recently garnered public, political and scientific interest.

As the name suggests, endocrine disruptors are molecules that can disrupt the endocrine system i.e., hormones.

The plant science industry is committed to the safety of crop protection products. Science-based and evidence-informed decision making must be practiced to continue supporting the safe use of any plant protection products. The current regulation of crop protection products ensures high levels of protection for human health and the environment.

Crop protection products are extensively and rigorously tested for potential adverse effects on living beings and ecosystems. This research is mandated by national regulations and includes the evaluation of crop protection products on endocrine systems. Crop protection products are also evaluated for potential adverse effects on human reproduction and development. Testing includes multi-generation and reproducible studies in laboratory animals that assess potential impacts throughout life during two generations of offspring.

Strong scientific evidence shows that crop protection products do not cause endocrine-related diseases or conditions. In fact, human exposure to these products is orders of magnitude lower than exposure to common, natural and more potent endocrine active substances like sugar, caffeine and soy protein. Find out more about the science of endocrine active substances and disruptors and replacing myths with evidence-based science.

Find out more about the agricultural chemical regulatory system that works to protect Australian farmers, consumers, and the environment.