The European Commission has announced new scientific criteria to define endocrine disruptors under current biocides and pesticides regulations. Draft legal acts are available for the Biocidal Products Regulation (EU) 528/2012 and the Plant Protection Products Regulation (EC) No 1107/2009. The criteria, which apply both to substances with potential endocrine-disrupting properties in humans, and to those with effects in non-target organisms, include 1) a potential to adversely affect health, 2) an endocrine mode of action (MoA), and 3) causality between the MoA and the effect. The identification of such substances should be based on all available relevant scientific evidence, but focused on internationally agreed study protocols (e.g. OECD guideline studies).

European Commission (2016). Communication from the Commission to the European Parliament and the Council on endocrine disruptors and the draft Commission acts setting out scientific criteria for their determination in the context of the EU legislation on plant protection products and biocidal products.

Draft Commission delegated Regulation (EU) […] setting out scientific criteria for the determination of endocrine-disrupting properties pursuant to Regulation (EU) No 528/2012.

Draft Commission Regulation (EU) […] setting out scientific criteria for the determination of endocrine disrupting properties and amending Annex II to Regulation (EC) 1107/2009.

The above items were taken from the July 2016 issue of Toxicology and Regulatory News which is sent automatically to members of bibra (click here)

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