On December 9, 2015 the European Commission (EC) published the list of substances to be screened in the context of the impact assessment on criteria to identify endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs). Further, the EC provided the rationales for selection of the substances to be screened. The list includes 324 substances falling under the Plant Protection Products Regulation (PPPR), 95 substances falling under the Biocidal Products Regulation (BPR), 149 substances falling under the regulation on the Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH), and 45 substances falling under the Cosmetic Products Regulation. Some of the substances are regulated under more than one of these legislative areas or are also priority substances under the Water Framework Directive. The EC states that “the fact that substances are included in this screening exercise does not mean that the substances should be considered – even on a ‘working hypothesis basis’ – as ‘endocrine disruptors’ or ‘suspected endocrine disruptors’.”
The screening started in May 2015 and is conducted by an external contractor. The underlying methodology was developed by the EC’s Joint Research Centre (JRC) (FPF reported) and the goal is to verify if the substances fall under the different options for setting EDC criteria as defined in the EU EDC roadmap (FPF reported). The screening exercise is expected to be finalized by the end of April 2016.
The European Chemical Industry Council (December 10, 2015). “Endocrine disrupting criteria development : selected substances for impact assessment.“