15 Jun 2016
COMMISSION PRESENTS SCIENTIFIC CRITERIA TO IDENTIFY ENDOCRINE DISRUPTORS – 15 JUNEBrussels Daily
Commission presents scientific criteria to identify endocrine disruptors in the pesticides and biocides areas
The Commission Communication which accompanies the two acts provides an overview of the complex scientific and regulatory context around endocrine disruptors and describes how a scientific consensus on the definition has grown over the last years, all of which has been taken into account by the Commission in arriving at its decision. Looking beyond the criteria, the Communication sets out a number of actions where the Commission will increase its efforts to minimise exposure to endocrine disruptors, in the short-term (research and international cooperation), mid-term (test methods) and long-term (regulatory).
To ensure that swift action is taken, today the Commission is also asking the European Food Safety Authority and the European Chemicals Agency to begin looking at whether approved individual substances that show indications of being endocrine disruptors can be identified as endocrine disruptors according to the criteria in the draft texts presented today. This will also help to ensure that the two regulatory Agencies are ready to apply the criteria as presented today by the Commission, and in accordance with the applicable regulatory procedures, once the criteria enter into force. Read Press Release in full here