Endocrine disruptors

Process to set scientific criteria to identify endocrine disruptors

Decision making process

In seeking agreement on the two drafts setting scientific criteria to identify endocrine disruptors, the Commission engaged in parallel with experts and representatives of EU countries responsible for biocidal (BP) and plant protection products (PPP) via the foreseen adoption procedures.

At the Standing Committee on Plants Animals Food and Feed (PAFF) Pesticides legislation meeting on 12/13 December 2017, EU national representatives voted in favour of a new draft Regulation setting criteria for the identification of endocrine disruptors in the context of the pesticides legislation. Neither the Council nor the European Parliament objected to the draft criteria during the scrutiny period which ended on 9 April 2018. The Commission adopted the criteria on 19 April 2018.

The criteria for plant protection products are published and entered into force on 10 May 2018. They will apply from 10 November 2018 to all new and ongoing applications for plant protection products.

On 4 September 2017, the Commission adopted a Delegated Regulation on scientific criteria to identify endocrine disruptors for biocidal products. Neither the Council nor the European Parliament objected to the Delegated Regulation during the scrutiny period which ended on 4 November 2017.

The criteria for biocidal products are published and entered into force on 7 December 2017. They will apply from 7 June 2018 to all new and ongoing applications for biocides.

Commissioner Andriukaitis and the Chair of the EP ENVI Committee exchanged letters on the criteria on 18th October 2016, and 26th October 2017.

Implementation of the criteria

Work of 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 to identify substances with endocrine disrupting properties in pesticides and biocides is expected to be finalised in June 2018.

Impact assessment

Before putting forward criteria to identify endocrine disruptors in the context of the plant protection products and biocidal products regulations, the European Commission carried out a comprehensive impact assessment to analyse different options for defining the criteria for the identification of endocrine disruptors.

Dialogue with interested parties

In the context of the impact assessment, the European Commission engaged with interested parties and other policy makers in an open and transparent dialogue throughout the process of identifying the criteria. Events included: