Département Sciences de l’environnement et santé publique, UMR Hydrosciences, Faculté de pharmacie, 15, avenue Charles Flahault, BP 14491, Montpellier cedex 5, Institut national de la santé et de la recherche médicale (Inserm), Unité de recherche (UR) 540, 60, rue de Navacelles, 34090 Montpellier
Some substances included in the formulation of personal care products are suspected to be endocrine-disrupting chemicals (EDCs). Substances identified as potential EDCs include some muscs, parabens and some UV screens. In this article we describe the use of these three families of substances, their detection in the environment, and the studies designating them as potential EDCs. Information about their presence in the environment, persistence, and capacity for bioaccumulation, as well as knowledge of their modes of action, remains incomplete.