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June 21, 2024

Endocrine Society Participates in United Nations Environment Programme Working Group to Establish New Scientific Panel on EDCs

This week, delegations from dozens of countries gathered in Geneva, Switzerland for the third session of an ad hoc open-ended working group (OEWG) convened under the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) to develop proposals to establish a new science policy panel charged with helping to inform governments, companies, farmers, and a broad array of other stakeholders to better manage chemicals, reduce waste and prevent pollution. Scott Belcher, PhD, has represented the Society throughout the OEWG process to ensure that endocrine scientists with expertise in endocrine-disrupting chemicals (EDCs) have a voice in the establishment of the panel, and that as part of its work the panel will help governments around the world address and minimize harms due to exposure to EDCsAt the meeting in Geneva, Dr. Belcher shared the Society’s perspectives about establishing effective policies to address conflicts of interest (COI) that may arise as the panel conducts its work, and why information on human health hazards should be made transparently available to the public. The panel will be an independent intergovernmental body and could be established and begin its work as early as 2025While much work remains to be done, initial versions of text on COI and other important elements have incorporated many of our priorities. We look forward to the final proposal from the OEWG and working with the SPP upon its establishment.

Endocrine Society Addresses Multiple Proposals Related to the National Institutes of Health: Accelerating Cures, Structure, Public Access Policy and Strategic Plan

Earlier this month, members of Congress shared two proposals related to National Institutes of Health (NIH) research. Representatives Diana DeGette (D-CO) and Larry Bucshon (R-MD) are seeking feedback on draft legislation nicknamed “Cures 2.0”, which aims to build upon legislation passed in 2016 known as the 21st Century Cures ActThe bill proposes new policies to help accelerate the development and delivery of lifesaving therapies and cures. The lawmakers want to know if policies included in Cures 2.0 have met the original intentions of the bill, if there are any elements missing, and if additional reforms are needed to improve progress

Meanwhile, House Energy and Commerce Committee Chair Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) introducedframework for a proposal to reform NIH and is seeking feedback from relevant stakeholders. The framework includes proposals to restructure Institutes and Centers and addresses topics such as transparency, misconduct, and financial disclosuresWhile some in the research community have expressed alarm with the proposed policies, it is important to recognize that the Chair is stepping down at the end of this term and this may be meant as her farewell recommendations

The Office of Science Policy (OSP) also is seeking comments on a revised Draft Public Access PolicyIn February 2023, NIH released a draft public access plan in response to a memorandum issued by the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) aimed to promote access to scholarly publications. This most recent Draft Public Access Policy took into consideration feedback from relevant stakeholders. Notably, stakeholders were supportive of removing the embargo period for publications, which will allow for improved access to NIH-funded research results. 

In addition, the Sexual and Gender Minority Research Office (SGMRO) is seeking comments as it develops an NIH-wide Strategic Plan for Sexual and Gender Minority Health Research for Fiscal Years 2026-2030. This is an opportunity for SGMRO to incorporate stakeholder feedback on research priorities and opportunities related to sexual and gender minority (SGM) health and seek partnerships that will advance SGM-related research.

The Endocrine Society continues to analyze these proposals and gather information to submit comments for all of these proposals affecting NIH research. If you have recommendations for any of these proposals, please contact us at advocacy@endocrine.org.

Recent Policy Communications

Endocrine Society Urges Senate to Address Inadequate Physician PaymentThe Endocrine Society responded to the Senate Committee on Finance's request for comments regarding physician payment reform and encouraged the Committee to address payment update adequacy and sustainability.

Endocrine Society Urges House and Senate Leadership to Protect Funding for CDC: The Endocrine Society joined a number of organizations representing providers of treatment for and patients with chronic diseases, including diabetes, urging leadership to protect funding for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Endocrine Society Provides Suggestions to the INC: The Endocrine Society, as the voice of science, urges the INC to emphasize the importance of both human and environmental health, to limit plastic production, to minimize exposure to chemicals of concern, and to include scientists with relevant expertise in the monitoring and evaluation of the treaty.

Endocrine Society Advocates for DoD Action to Protect Military Readiness: The Endocrine Society joined the American Security Project and a number of other signatories to encourage the Department of Defense to take decisive action to rectify systemic issues preventing individuals with obesity from accessing evidence-based treatments including behavioral therapy, anti-obesity medications, and bariatric surgery.

Endocrine Society Advises NIH on the Use of Common Data Elements for Clinical Research and Trials: The Endocrine Society encourages the refinement of questions aimed to evaluate social determinants of health (SDoH), emphasizes the importance of CDEs specific to women’s health, provides suggestions for CDE management, and calls for similar elements for basic science research.

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