Endocrine disruptors

We are exposed on a daily basis to numerous chemicals that may have unwanted effects on our health and the environment. Among these are substances that can interfere with the body’s hormonal (endocrine) system. These substances are known as endocrine disruptors (ED).

With support from the cantons and other federal offices, the FOPH has decided to launch an information campaign designed to raise awareness of this issue among the Swiss population.

These webpages clearly explain what endocrine disruptors are and the risks they pose to human health and the environment. It provides straightforward advice that everyone can follow to help limit exposure to endocrine disruptors and to chemicals in general.

The website also provides information on federal activities relating to these substances and on the legislation in force.

Endocrine disruptors in a nutshell

What exactly are endocrine disruptors? How are they related to hormones? How do they act? Where are they found? Answers to all these questions are given here. 

Recommendations for reducing exposure to ED

Endocrine disruptors are found in many articles of daily use, but it is possible to reduce your exposure by taking some simple steps in your own home. Our recommendations are given here.

Endocrine disruptors in the environment

ED are also found in the environment, where they can affect wildlife. Here you will find some examples and information on measures taken in Switzerland to limit the spread of ED in the environment.

Endocrine disruptors at the workplace

We may be exposed to various chemicals, including ED, at the workplace. Here, you will find information on the duties of employers and employees to limit exposure to these substances.

Federal activities

What action is being taken by the federal authorities in this area? Here, you can find information on cooperation between federal offices and at the international level, as well as support for research in this field. 


Besides the FOPH, the Federal Office of Food Safety and Veterinary Affairs, the Federal Office for the Environment, the State Secretariat for Economic Affairs and representatives of the cantons of Fribourg, Geneva, St.Gallen and Ticino contributed to the creation of this site. 

Last modification 04.07.2024

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