EU: EC consults the public on criteria to identify endocrine disruptors
The European Commission has launched an on-line consultation to help define criteria for endocrine disruptors as required by the regulations on biocidal and plant protection products. Endocrine disruptors are chemicals that interfere with hormone systems, which may lead to harmful effects on health and the environment. Input is sought from stakeholders and the public on various options for the criteria and for their implementation.
Chemicals with endocrine disrupting properties are used in various industrial and service sectors, and may be found in the environment after their use. Current legislation for biocidal products and plant protection products requires the Commission to specify scientific criteria for the determination of endocrine-disrupting properties of chemical substances. Because of the potential socio-economic impacts linked to how the criteria will be defined and the complexity of the issue, the Commission needs to carry out an impact assessment, and to consult the public. The scope of the impact assessment is set out in a roadmap that can be accessed at http://bit.ly/1lZMJn9. Until the new criteria are set, protective interim criteria are in place.
All citizens and organizations are invited to contribute to the consultation which will be open until January 16, 2015. Replies to the public consultation will, subject to confidentiality rules, be published following the closure of the consultation.
Public consultation: http://ec.europa.eu/yourvoice/
Background information: http://ec.europa.eu/environment/chemicals/endocrine/index_en.htm
Report of the Endocrine Disrupters Expert Advisory Group: http://ihcp.jrc.ec.europa.eu/our_activities/food-cons-prod/endocrine_disrupters/jrc-report-scientific-issues-identification-endocrine-disrupting-substances
European Food Safety Authority Scientific Opinion on endocrine disruptors: http://www.efsa.europa.eu/en/press/news/130320.htm
Adapted from European Commission – IP/14/1057
September 29, 2014
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