島津評論 59〔1・2〕 111～126 (2002.11)
Endocrine disruptor compounds（EDCs）（sometimes called environmental hormones）have been a matter of great concern in recent years, because they can cause adverse effects on wild life, especially on aquatic plants and animals, as well as on human beings. This report refers to a series of investigations carried out to clarify the status and environmental effects of EDCs in Malaysia, at present and in the future.
Bisphenol A, nonylphenol, phthalates, and chlorinated pesticides, leaching from plastics and occurring in blood, were determined. The hazardous quantity levels of these compounds are now investigated at various governmental and other agencies. Since it is presumed that even trace quantities of these compounds have noticeable adverse effects on life in general, including human beings, our investigations were carried out with a specific purpose to obtain the highest sensitivities in analyses.
These investigations have been carried out by the joint program team of the United Nations University and Shimadzu Corporation. The team is now making positive monitoring of environments in eight Southeast Asian countries.
1Department of Pharmacology, Faculty of Medicine, University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
2Analytical Applications Department, Analytical & Measuring Instruments Division, Shimadzu Corporation, Kanagawa, Japan