On December 7, 2017, the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) and the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) opened a public consultation on the draft guidance document for the implementation of the criteria to identify endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs) in the field of pesticides and biocides. The draft guidance was requested by the European Commission (EC) and prepared by EFSA and ECHA with support from the EC’s Joint Research Centre (JRC) (FPF reported). The deadline for submitting comments is January 31, 2018. “All comments will be taken into consideration in the finalization of the guidance,” EFSA stated. The final guidance document is scheduled to be published by June 2018, ECHA informed.

In November 2017, the EC published the regulation setting out criteria to identify EDCs in the field of biocides, which will enter into force on December 7, 2017 and apply from June 7, 2018 (FPF reported). In October 2017, the European Parliament rejected the EC’s proposal for similar criteria in the field of pesticides (FPF reported). The EC now has to revise the EDC criteria for pesticides and a new proposal will be discussed with Member States on December 12-13, 2017 (FPF reported).

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EFSA (December 7, 2017). “Public consultation: Draft guidance for identifying endocrine disruptors.

ECHA (December 7, 2017). “Give comments on the draft guidance for identifying endocrine disruptors.

Chemical Watch (December 7, 2017). “ECHA, EFSA consult on draft EDC criteria guidance.