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Public Consultation on defining criteria for identifying endocrine disruptors in the context of the implementation of the plant protection product regulation and the biocidal products regulation.

The Report on the Consultationpdf(3 MB) Choose translations of the previous link English (en) has been published on 24 July 2015 

Responses received to this consultation are also available.

Policy field(s)

Food Safety, Public Health, Employment, Environment, Agriculture, Trade, Enterprise and Industry

Period of consultation

From 26.09.2014 to 16.01.2015 - No contributions will be accepted after the deadline.

The usual consultation period (12 weeks) has been extended to allow stakeholders sufficient time.

Objective of the consultation

This public consultation is part of the impact assessment process and should provide information relevant for the impact assessment.

How to submit your contribution

If you are answering this consultation on behalf of an organisation, please note that in the interests of transparency, organisations (including, for example, NGOs, trade associations and commercial enterprises) are invited to provide the public with relevant information about themselves by registering in the Interest Representative Register and subscribing to its Code of Conduct. If you are a registered organisation, you will be asked to indicate the name of your organisation and your register number ID in the questionnaire. Your contribution will then be considered as representing the views of your organisation.

If your organisation is not registered, you have the opportunity to register now. Then return to this page to submit your contribution as a registered organisation.

Responses from organisations not registered will be published as part of the individual contributions.


You may submit your contribution to the open questions in any official EU language. Contributions in one of the Commission's working languages (preferably English) would be welcome to enable the Commission to process them more swiftly.

Length of contribution

To facilitate analysis of your replies we would kindly ask you to keep your answers concise and to the point (maximum 4000 characters). However, you can also upload electronics files (optional).

Please note that the online survey allows you to save draft answers before submitting the final version of your contribution. Please make sure that you save the link which will be provided every time you save your draft contribution in order to have access to your draft.

Publication of contributions

Received contributions will be published on the Internet. It is important to read the privacy statementxml Choose translations of the previous link , for information on how your personal data and contribution will be dealt with.

Background / consultation document

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 "specify 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, the Commission is carrying out an impact assessment according to its standard procedures. More information about the context of this initiative is published 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. It is recommended to read the roadmap before answering this questionnaire.

Click here, to view the roadmappdf Choose translations of the previous link .

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Reference documents and other, related consultations

Preparatory work for defining the criteria in the EU

Two expert groups established by the European Commission in 2010 provided open and transparent information exchange on endocrine disruptors and orientation on various scientific and policy aspects related to this topic. The "Ad hoc group of Commission Services, EU Agencies and Member States" focused on policy issues. The "Endocrine Disruptors Expert Advisory Group" reflected on scientific issues relevant to endocrine disruptors, not specific to any regulatory framework, including advice/orientation on scientific criteria for the identification of endocrine disrupting chemicals. In both groups industry associations, non-governmental organisations, European Commission staff, EU Agencies and Member States were represented. The outcome of "the Endocrine Disruptors Expert Advisory Group" meetings is summarised in the " JRC Report on key scientific issues relevant to the identification of endocrine disrupting chemicals".

The Commission also asked the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) to deliver a "Scientific Opinion on the hazard assessment of endocrine disruptors".

Contact details

responsible service

(DG SANCO E3 / DG ENV A3 until 1.11.2014)


postal address

200, Rue de la Loi, 1049 Bruxelles, BELGIUM

Number of responses received to this consultation

The European Commission received 27087 responses.

A total of 22411 contributions were received via the on-line survey both from organisations and individuals, as summarised in the table below. These contributions are published anonymously in a database via the link provided below. However, the 142 responses where confidential treatment of the contributions was requested are not published. Please note that they will in any case be subject to the rules on access to documents (Regulation (EC) No 1049/2001).


Due to technical issues, neither the names of the submitters nor the attachments were published via the database. In addition, due to the high amount of responses, the database may be slow when using the filtering options (e.g. for selecting a certain kind of stakeholders).

As an alternative to the database, the same set of data which includes in addition the names of the submitters can be downloaded as excel-files here (part1excel8book(23 MB) / part2excel8book(14 MB)). The corresponding submitted attachments can be downloaded as zip here (part1zip(25 MB) / part2zip(24 MB) / part3zip(23 MB) / part4zip(24 MB) / part5zip(25 MB) / part6zip(25 MB)).


Responses received via the on-line survey


In addition to the on-line survey, a total of 4676 answers were received by email to These answers are not published since no indication regarding confidential treatment of their contribution was provided by the submitters.

From the total responses received, over 25000 were submitted via external websites which provided pre-written responses:

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In the interests of transparency, organisations have been invited to provide the public with relevant information about themselves by registering in the Interest Representative Register and subscribing to its Code of Conduct.

If the organisation is not registered, the submission is published separately from the registered organisations.

Received contributions and the contributor's identity will be published on this website, unless a contributor objects to publication of their personal data on the grounds that such publication would harm his or her legitimate interests. In this case, the contribution may be published anonymously. Otherwise, the contribution will not be published nor will, in principle, its content be taken into account. Please note that, where responses are provided with a request for confidential treatment, they will in any case be subject to the rules on access to documents (Regulation (EC) No 1049/2001).

Detailed information on the contributions received will be available after the closing of the consultation period.

Results of consultation and next steps

A feedback report to the consultation is will be issued once the replies are assessed.

Such factual, quantitative report shall not prejudge or constitute the announcement of any position on the part of the Commission on the issues covered but can feed into further Commission work as appropriate.

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