On January 18, 2017 the European Commission’s (EC) Directorate-General for Health and Food Safety (DG SANTE) published the minutes of the meeting held with experts and Member States (MS) on December 21, 2016 to discuss the EC’s revised proposal for criteria to identify endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs) (FPF reported). No formal vote by the MS was cast on the revised proposal during that meeting (FPF reported). Several MS expressed concerns about “whether the intended mode of action of active substances via the endocrine system should be considered in identifying EDs [endocrine disruptors] for non-target organisms” (FPF reported). Also, several MS proposed to include the words “known and presumed” (with regard to EDC’s adverse effects) as well as “biologically plausible” (with regard to the adverse effect being a consequence of the endocrine mode of action) to the criteria text. Further, a representative of the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) presented an outline of the guidance for implementing the EDC criteria, which is currently being drafted by ECHA and the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) with support from the EC’s Joint Research Centre (JRC) (FPF reported).

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DG SANTE (January 18, 2016). “Minutes of the meetings of 21 December published.(pdf)