Over the past two decades there has been increasing concern about the exposure of humans and wildlife to chemicals that have the potential to interact with the endocrine system and reproductive functions. From an Australian perspective, CSIRO proposes that applying a tiered decision framework, incorporating both whole animal testing (in vivo) and cell-based (in vitro) investigative procedures, allows for better understanding the risks of these chemicals. Countries such as Europe and USA are already applying this approach, while Australia’s current guidelines, although being revised, are not picking up these emerging contaminants.

This webinar explores the scientific lines of inquiry currently underway internationally and promotes discussion on the best way forward.


Anu Kumar


Dr Anu Kumar is a Principal Research Scientist in CSIRO’s Land and Water Business Unit and leads the Contaminant Biogeochemistry and Environmental Toxicology Group within the Environmental Contamina... Read more

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Dr Anu Kumar is currently leading an Australia India Strategic Fund (AISRF) project, Identification and management of sewage effluent discharges to keep our rivers healthy: Comparative investigations in India and South Australia.

The main aim of the study is to employ a risk-based approach combining both biological and chemical assessment to identify and determine the impact of selected emerging contaminants including EDCs discharged via sewage effluent into Indian and Australian rivers.

To facilitate risk communication, the information gained can contribute to updating water quality guidelines and assist in the risk management of new emerging contaminants in our environment.

Dr Anu Kumar in the lab

Field sampling in India