In an article published on July 8, 2016 in the European Commission’s (EC) Health-EU newsletter, Sabine Jülicher, Director for Food and Feed Safety, Innovation of the EC’s Directorate-General for Health and Food Safety (DG SANTE), informs about the EC’s efforts to protect human health and the environment from the adverse effects of endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs). In particular, Jülicher highlights the criteria to identify EDCs which the EC proposed to the co-legislators (i.e. European Parliament and European Council) on June 15, 2016 (FPF reported). The EC proposed “to adopt a strong science-based approach to identify endocrine disruptors and to endorse the definition of an endocrine disruptor given by the World Health Organization,” Jülicher writes. The criteria “specify that endocrine disruptors should be identified by using all relevant scientific evidence, using a ‘weight of evidence’ approach and applying a robust systematic review,” Jülicher further explains. Once the proposed EDC criteria are adopted by the Member States, “the EU regulatory system will be the first regulatory system worldwide to define scientific criteria for endocrine disruptors in legislation,” Jülicher concludes.

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Sabine Jülicher (July 8, 2016). “Endocrine Disruptors: Commission takes steps to protect health and the environment.Health-EU newsletter 177.