In her article published on December 22, 2016 by regulatory news provider Chemical Watch, Vanessa Zainzinger informed that during the latest meeting of the Plants Animals Food and Feed (PAFF) Standing Committee on December 21, 2016 there was no formal vote by the Member States (MS) on the revised proposal for the criteria to identify endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs), released in November 2016 (FPF reported). According to an article by Martin Banks published on December 22, 2016 in The Parliament Magazine, “the European Commission will have to re-draft its proposal on endocrine disruptors.”

MS representatives disagreed on the proposed criteria (FPF reported), which have also been heavily criticized by NGOs (FPF reported) and industry (FPF reported) alike. Enrico Brivio, spokesperson of the Directorate-General for Health and Food Safety (DG SANTE) said “further discussions are needed;” the dates for any future meetings have not yet been communicated.

Both articles provide a detailed account of reactions and opinions expressed by MS representatives and other stakeholders.

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Vanessa Zainzinger (December 22, 2016). “No vote on latest EDC criteria drafts.Chemical Watch

Martin Banks (December 22, 2016). “Member states reject EU Commission’s endocrine disruptors proposals.The Parliament Magazine

Sarantis Michalopoulos (December 22, 2016). “EU member states still divided over endocrine disruptor regulation.EurActiv

HEAL (December 22, 2016). “EU’s never-ending story on protective criteria to identify hormone disruptors continues.