Santé Publique France (SPF), the French national public health agency, has released the findings of the PEPS’PE study, which was launched in 2021. The study aims to prioritize, following extensive consultation, the health effects to be monitored for their potential link to endocrine disruptors (EDs). Out of 59 health effects suspected to be associated with exposure to EDs, 21 have been considered a priority for surveillance. Based on these results and others, SPF will expand the scope of the Agency’s surveillance by incorporating new pathologies.
As part of its environmental health program and the National Strategy on EDs, SPF has been conducting surveillance related to EDs targeting reproductive health since 2015. To incorporate new scientific knowledge, the PEPS’PE project aims to prioritize health effects related to EDs and identify health events to integrate into the agency’s current surveillance. The 59 health effects suspected to be associated with exposure to EDs were to be evaluated based on two criteria: The weight of evidence and the epidemiological and societal impact of the health effect. A diverse panel of international experts and French stakeholders in the field of EDs classified 21 health effects as a priority for surveillance.
Among these effects, six reproductive health effects are already monitored in the surveillance program: Cryptorchidism, hypospadias, early puberty, testicular cancer, alteration of sperm quality, and endometriosis. In addition, infertility and decreased fertility (which are not currently monitored for their link to EDs) have been included.
Metabolic effects (including overweight and obesity, cardiovascular diseases, type 2 diabetes, and metabolic syndrome), child neurodevelopmental disorders (including behavioral disorders, intellectual deficits, and attention-deficit disorders), cancers (including breast cancer, prostate cancer, lymphomas, and leukemias in children), and asthma have also been highlighted.
Furthermore, 22 effects were considered low priorities or deemed nonpriorities when, for example, they presented weak or moderate evidence with varying levels of interest in implementing surveillance. Finally, 16 health effects could not be prioritized because of a lack of scientific experts on these topics and a failure to achieve consensus (eg, bone disorders, adrenal disorders, and skin and eye disorders). Consensus was sought during this consultation using a Delphi method.
“These results indicate the need to expand the scope of the Agency’s surveillance beyond reproductive health, incorporating new pathologies when surveillance data are available,” SPF declared in a press release.
“With the initial decision elements obtained through this study, Santé Publique France will analyze the feasibility of implementing surveillance for effects classified as priorities.”
This article was translated from the Medscape French edition.
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Publish date : 2024-01-31 06:24:31
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