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Public Health (25-03-2015)

Endocrine Disruptors: Commission steps up dialogue with stakeholders

The Commission will today launch a series of roundtable meetings with stakeholders in Brussels, following the publication on 2 February 2015 of the 27,087 responses to the Commission's public consultation on criteria to identify endocrine disruptors. Three roundtable meetings have been planned - the first of which will take place today with stakeholders, where the Commission will inform about the impact assessment process that aims to pave the way for a proposal on the definition of scientific criteria to identify endocrine disruptors. The second and third roundtables will take place on 24 April and 12 May 2015 with Member States and MEPs respectively.

Further opportunities to get updates on the impact assessment process and to exchange views on the topic will be provided by a conference on endocrine disruptors that will take place in Brussels on 1 June 2015. Interested parties from both within and outside the EU will be invited to participate.

EU-legislation on biocidal products (Biocidal Products Regulation (EU) No 528/2012 – "BPR") and plant protection products (Plant Protection Product Regulation (EC) No 1107/2009 – "PPPR") requires the Commission to establish "scientific criteria for the determination of endocrine-disrupting properties" of chemical substances. Pending adoption of these criteria, interim criteria for identifying endocrine disrupting chemicals apply.

In this context and according to its standard procedures, the Commission is carrying out a comprehensive impact assessment, which will assess the options outlined in the roadmap and will consider the potential effects on health, environment, trade, agriculture and socio-economic aspects in general. More information about the context of this initiative can be found in the roadmap: "Defining criteria for identifying Endocrine Disruptors in the context of the implementation of the Plant Protection Product Regulation and Biocidal Products Regulation".  The roadmap provides background to this dossier, sets out the scope of the impact assessment, and presents the policy options that are being assessed in the impact assessment.