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 at certain doses 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 and infertility problems in wildlife population which can generate an unbalance in population distribution between males and females at the bottom of the food chain.
Project RedPol aims to deliver 6 innovative products which will help to address these issues. Behavioural and bio-mechanical 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.