On December 20, 2016 the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) and the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) published an outline of the guidance they are developing to enable identification of endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs) (FPF reported). “The outline includes a projected table of contents, as well as a plan of the drafting process, including timelines, responsibilities, consultations with relevant parties and an explanation of how the document will be endorsed,” EFSA and ECHA explain. The guidance will be drafted by a task force of scientific staff from EFSA, ECHA, and the European Commission’s (EC) Joint Research Centre (JRC). The task force will receive additional support from a Consultation Group which includes ”members of ECHA’s Endocrine Disruptors Expert Group, and pesticide experts from EU Member States and other stakeholder groups.” Other scientific bodies from EFSA and ECHA may also be consulted.

The draft guidance is scheduled to be finalized for public consultation by the end of June 2017. The preparation of the final guidance is foreseen to be completed within seven months after the beginning of the public consultation.

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EFSA (December 20, 2016). “Endocrine disruptors: EFSA and ECHA outline guidance plans.

ECHA (December 20, 2016). “Endocrine disruptors: EFSA and ECHA outline guidance plans.

EFSA & ECHA (December 20, 2016). “Outline of draft guidance document for the implementation of the hazard-based criteria to identify endocrine disruptors.(pdf)