On November 15, 2016 European Commission (EC)’s Directorate General for Health and Food Safety (DG SANTE) published revised proposals outlining criteria for the identification of endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDC) within the legislation on biocidal products and plant protection products.
The two draft legal acts setting the criteria to identify EDCs, originally presented on June 15, 2016 (FPF reported), have been criticized by various parties on the grounds of uncertainty and insufficient protection of public health (FPF reported). Both drafts have been discussed at two recent meetings by the experts and EU Member States (FPF reported), and the revisions have been undertaken in response to comments received. According to DG SANTE, the revised proposals “clarify the scope of the WHO definition, the burden of proof, and the kind of scientific evidence that can be used to identify endocrine disruptors.”
Revised versions of the draft criteria will be discussed at a meeting scheduled for November 18, 2016 (FPF reported). Several non-profit organizations who have seen the revised drafts before the official release have expressed an opinion that the revised criteria “still fail to protect health and environment” (FPF reported).
EC (November 15, 2016). “DRAFT COMMISSION DELEGATED REGULATION (EU) …/… of XXX setting out scientific criteria for the determination of endocrine-disrupting properties pursuant to Regulation (EU) No 528/2012.” (pdf)
EC (November 15, 2016). “DRAFT COMISSION DELEGATED REGULATION (EU) …/… of XXX setting out scientific criteria for the determination of endocrine disrupting properties and amending Annex II to Regulation (EC) 1107/2009.” (pdf)