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Global Interest Groups: Endocrine Disrupter Testing and RA
Annegaaike Leopold
Heiko L. Schoenfuss



Welcome to the SETAC Global Interest Group (IG) on Endocrine Disrupter Testing and Risk Assessment (EDTRA) webpage. Participation in the EDTRA IG is open to all interested parties. To become a member, make sure you are signed in to your SETAC account. Then click "Join Group” near the top of this page.

Mission and Scope

  • Serve as a focal point within SETAC globally as a means of involving the membership in research and debate on endocrine disrupter risk assessment
  • Have direct and active links with existing regional SETAC interest groups (including the SETAC North America Interest Group on Human Health Risk Assessment)
  • Stimulate critical assessment in order to establish the best available science
  • Encourage the worldwide incorporation of the best available science and strategic approaches
  • Advance the overall understanding of the fate, effects and potential risk assessment consequences of known and suspected endocrine disrupters
  • Provide scientific support to ensure effective regulatory decision making
  • Provide a neutral platform and focal point for collaborative identification, evaluation and resolution of scientific issues

Planned Activities

  • Preparation of technical papers (general information, issue specific)
  • Developing a discussion forum on the SETAC web site
  • Sponsoring general endocrine disrupter testing and risk assessment technical sessions at meetings
  • Holding targeted (subject-specific) discussion groups at meetings
  • Implementing short courses, for example in advance of either SETAC or other conferences
  • Presentations to government agencies
  • Communication of updates in the SETAC Globe
  • Providing input to national and international test guideline development initiative
  • Providing educational materials for the public and school systems

Recent Activities


  • Since the 1990's, numerous research projects have focused on a wide range of chemicals that are known or suspected to be disrupting the endocrine systems of humans and wildlife
  • Various natural and synthetic chemicals have been found to interfere with the endocrine systems of animals in laboratory studies, while extensive field evidence indicates that endocrine systems of fish and other species have been impacted
  • An environmental risk assessment approach is needed for endocrine disrupters, allowing optimal integration of exposure and effects information. This risk assessment approach is of increasing importance given recent adoption of OECD test guidelines and their use in future decision making

Annual Reports

2017 EDTRA Annual Report 

2016 EDTRA Bi-annual Report

2015 EDTRA Annual Report 


Steering Committee (2017-2020 term)

Annegaaike Leopold (Independent consultant, Netherlands, co-chair)

Heiko Schoenfuss (St. Cloud State University, USA, co-chair)

Dan Petersen (U.S. EPA , USA)

Mike Roberts (DEFRA, UK - bio)

Diana Miguez (Laboratorio Tecnológico del Uruguay, Uruguay)

Anupama Kumar (CSIRO, Australia)

Ellen Mihaich (ER2, USA)

Katherine Coady (The Dow Chemical Company , USA)

Tim Verslycke (Gradient, USA)

Lisa Bauman (University Heidelberg, Germany)

Scott Lynn (U.S. EPA, USA)

Spencer Williams (USA)

Laurent Lagadic (Bayer, Germany)

Grace Panter (Syngenta, UK)

Chris Prosser (Exxon Mobile, USA)


Past Steering Committee Members

Karen Kidd (University of New Brunswick , Canada)

Tom Hutchinson (Plymouth University, UK, - bio)

Taisen Iguchi (National Institute for Basic Biology, Japan)

Frank Mastrocco (Pfizer, Inc. , USA)

Henrik Holbech (University of Southern Denmark, Denmark)

Gary Ankley (U.S. EPA, USA - bio)


Thomas Backhaus (Sweden)


Chris Hickey (New Zealand)


Peter Matthiessen (Independent consultant, UK)


Lennart Weltje (BASF, Germany - bio)


Malyka Galay Burgos (ECETOC, Belgium)


Scott Dyer (USA)


Melanie Groos-Sorokin (Italy)


Betty Locey (USA)

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