On October 16, 2013 various Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) sent a letter to the European Commission’s president José Manuel Barroso criticizing the delay of criteria for endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs) applicable across regulations. Under the biocides regulation EC 1107/2009 the Commission is legally bound to devise a scientific criteria for identifying EDCs by the end of 2013. Further, the Commission is scheduled to provide a revised horizontal EDC strategy (Article 3) by the end of the year. In the letter, the MEPs point to the expectation set out in the parliament resolution of March 14, 2013 (previously reported on by the FPF) and criticize the EC’s recent decision to first carry out a thorough impact assessment for the introduction of such criteria delaying the publication of final scientific criteria. In consequence, the MEPs ask the Commission to elaborate on the decision to carry out an impact assessment as well as what the terms of reference for a potential subcontractor carrying out such assessment would be. Further, they demand clarification regarding the Commission’s intention of publishing EDC criteria by the end of 2013.

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Web page of MEP Michèle Rivasi (October 17, 2013). “Lettre au président de la commission européenne Barroso sur les perturbateurs endocriniens(in English)

FPF article “European Parliament adopts report on endocrine disruptors