Endocrine disruptors

Next steps

The two draft legal acts setting the criteria to identify endocrine disruptors that were presented by the Commission on 15 June 2016 now need to be adopted according to their relevant procedures, which in both cases involve Parliament and Council.

The first discussions with experts and Member States took place on 22 June 2016:

A second round of discussions with experts and Member States took place on 21 September 2016:

A third meeting with experts and Member States took place on 18 November 2016, with the aim to discuss a revised version of the draft criteria which consider the comments received during the previous meetings. The revised criteria clarify the scope of the WHO definition, the burden of proof, and the kind of scientific evidence that can be used to identify endocrine disruptors.

A fourth meeting with experts and Member States took place on 21 December 2016. The aim was to discuss on a revised version of the texts which considered the latest comments received from Member States. The revised criteria addressed comments as regards the burden of proof and the scope of the criteria.

The original text concerning plant protection products has been split into two: one text containing the criteria and another one, containing the technical amendment to the clause on negligible exposure. This was done in order to offer Member States the possibility to express their opinion on each one of them separately. This split was also done to allow Council and European Parliament to consider each draft act separately during the scrutiny period.

A fifth meeting with experts and Member States took place on 28 February 2017. The draft criteria were amended based on the discussions of the meeting the 21 of December 2016.

As a follow up of the fifth meetings, a sixth meeting with experts from Member States Competent Authorities for the implementation of Regulation (EU) No 528/2012 took place on 7 April 2017 to discuss point 3 of section B of the Annex (growth regulators) of the draft Commission delegated regulation setting out scientific criteria for the determination of on endocrine-disrupting properties.

A SC PAFF Pesticides legislation meeting took place on 17/18 May 2017.

A SC PAFF Pesticides legislation meeting took place on 30 May 2017.

A SC PAFF Pesticides legislation meeting took place on the 4 July 2017. Member States representatives voted in favour of the European Commission's proposal on scientific criteria to identify endocrine disruptors in the field of plant protection products (Summary report of the meeting). The text agreed will be sent to the Council and the European Parliament. They will have three months to examine it before final adoption by the Commission.

A meeting with experts from Member States Competent Authorities for the implementation of Regulation (EU) No 528/2012 took place the 12 July 2017. The Commission, having taken into account the discussions and views of the experts, views of stakeholders, and comments received during these consultations, will adopt the Delegated Regulation soon and will submit it to the Council and the Parliament for possible objection after the summer recess period.


A reply letter from Commissioner Andriukaitis to MEP La Via, chair of the EP ENVI Committee, explains the legal mandate of the Commission to amend the first paragraph of point 3.6.5 of annex II to Regulation (EC) No 1107/2009.

Work with the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) and the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) towards the development of a guidance document for the implementation of the criteria has been initiated.

20 December : EFSA and the ECHA publish an outline of the Guidance they are developing on how to identify substances with endocrine disrupting properties in pesticides and biocides.