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Endocrine Disrupters Update

On Friday 6th November, the European Commission will hold a  technical meeting to present to Member States, Members of the European Parliament, countries from outside the EU and stakeholders the methodology developed by the commission’s Joint Research Center to estimate which chemicals may fall under the different options for criteria to identify endocrine disrupters, as outlined in the EU Commission’s published roadmap. This methodology was developed in the framework of the impact assessment carried out by the European Commission on criteria to identify endocrine disrupters, in the context of the Plant Protection Products Regulation (EC) 1107/2009 and the Biocidal Products Regulation (EU) 528/2012.  The meeting will be web-streamed.

Both of these regulations require the regulation of endocrine disrupting chemicals based upon interim, hazard based, criteria. Application of these interim criteria could result in the exclusion of a plant protection product or a biocide on the basis of an unfavourable classification as a carcinogen, mutagen or reproductive toxicant and/or an assessment of “toxic effects on the endocrine organs”. On 23rd September, EFSA published a technical report entitled: “Assessment of Endocrine Disrupting Properties in EFSA Conclusions on the Pesticides Peer Review”. The report compares the outcome of the EFSA conclusions with the application of the interim criteria for 41 plant protection active substances and shows some interesting differences with both false positives and false negatives arising from application of the interim criteria.

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