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Public Health (02-02-2015)

Endocrine Disruptors: Commission publishes replies to the public consultation

The Commission published on 2 February 2015 the responses received to the public consultation on Endocrine Disruptors. A total of 27 087 responses were received, of which 22 411 from the online consultation and 4 676 via email. Of this total, over 25 000 were submitted through online campaigns requesting individuals to sign prepared responses. At the request of the respondents to the online consultation, 142 replies have been withheld from publication on grounds of confidentiality. All email submissions have also been withheld since respondents did not give an indication on whether the response should be treated confidentially. The Commission will provide a summary of the responses in due course.

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.