Proposed criteria for endocrine disruptors in pesticides and biocides

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Draft criteria for the determination of chemicals with endocrine-disrupting properties has recently (June 2016) been proposed in accordance with Regulation (EC) 1107/2009, concerning the placing of Plant Protection Products (PPP’s) on the market, and Regulation (EU) No 528/2012 concerning the making available on the market and use of biocidal products.

These documents implement a strict science-based approach permitting more accurate identification of endocrine disruptors based on the WHO definition to safeguard protection to human health and the environment.

New “draft” criteria determines how identification of an endocrine disruptor is conducted using all relevant scientific literature, a weight of an evidence-based approach followed by a robust scientific review process. Once implemented into law this will be the first EU regulatory system worldwide to define such scientific criteria in legislation.   

Prior to these legal acts entering into force, regulatory agencies have been invited to evaluate the “draft” criteria to determine its applicability to currently approved substances suggesting EDC properties, thus ensuring robust regulatory procedures are in place.

For pesticides, the hazard based approach remains unchanged whereby substances are banned on the basis of hazard without exposure considerations, however legislation will permit the inclusion of available scientific evidence, including that related to exposure and risk, to make best use of available data.

The draft documents amending the legislation for the determination of endocrine disrupting properties for Plant Protection products and Biocides are available at the bottom of the page.


CEA continues to monitor these changes which will be notified on our website or via Twitter at @CEA_News.

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