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Reduction of Pollution by endocrine disrupting compounds at source : innovative products for the commercial lab market


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Specific Objective Innovation
Project Budget €2,8M
ERDF Amount €1,9M
Duration 04/2020 - 06/2023 (38 months)


Project RedPol focuses on the issue of endocrine disruptors. To those unfamiliar with the subject, endocrine disruptors are chemicals that can interfere with endocrine (or hormonal) systems and can cause cancerous tumours, birth defects, and other developmental disorders in human beings. This also has impact on the wider environment, leading to reproductive, development and behaviourals problems in wildlife population (and flora) which can generate an unbalance in production and environmental health.

Project RedPol aims to deliver 6 innovative products which will help to address these issues.  Behavioural, bio-mechanical and biomolecular tests will be developed to enable the identification of endocrine disrupter compounds (EDCs) in the environment and facilitate their elimination at source.  Of these, at least 2 will be developed into innovative products for the biotechnology market,  to the level of either TRL7 (System Prototype Demonstration in Operational Environment) or TRL8 (System Complete and Qualified) which is one step before commercialisation. The project will also map the endocrine effects on wildlife population over the FCE eligible area, applying the tests it has developed to analyse endocrine disruption on at least 30 sites on both sides of the Channel.

The project will allow networking and collaborative work between research institutions, industrial actors and territorial associations while implementing European regulations to protect people’s health, the environment and economic activities in the European area.




Lead Partner

Université le Havre Normandie
Seine Maritime, France

Project Partners

Seine Maritime, France
Université de Caen Normandie
Calvados, France
University of Brighton
Sussex, England
Chichester Harbour Conservancy
West Sussex, England
University of Portsmouth
Hampshire, England