Endocrine disruptors


The Plant Protection Products Regulation (EC) 1107/2009 and the Biocidal Products Regulation (EU) 528/2012 provide for the establishment of scientific criteria to identify substances with endocrine disrupting properties. Until these scientific criteria are defined, protective interim criteria defined in the legislation are applicable.

In addition, further regulatory actions can already be taken for endocrine disruptors, e.g. under REACH, under the Regulation on cosmetics, and under EU legislation on food contact materials. For instance, substances have already been identified under REACH as endocrine disruptors  and restrictions on the use of certain products (e.g. bisphenol A in baby bottles) have been taken, irrespective of whether or not new criteria to identify endocrine disruptors were available.

Moreover, the 7th Environment Action Programme (EAP), adopted in 2013 by the European Parliament and the Council, states that the Union shall develop harmonised hazard-based criteria for the identification of endocrine disruptors. The same EAP requires that proposals and implementations shall be done in accordance with the principles of SMART regulation and performing, where appropriate, a comprehensive impact assessment.

Summary of the legislation

In 1999, the Commission adopted a Strategy on Endocrine Disruptors. The revision of the legislation on chemicals performed during subsequent years and reflected in the sectorial legislation cited above, took this strategy into consideration.