Summary of the issue
The EU is currently drawing up scientific criteria to regulate ‘Endocrine Disruptors’. Once adopted, these criteria will be applied to regulations on pesticides, biocides and possibly to general chemicals and cosmetics.
Why it’s important
The way the criteria are defined could have profound consequences for the agricultural sector, and the availability of safe food. The goal we all share is to safeguard human health and the environment. It is therefore essential that the final criteria maintain our current high levels of protection, be scientifically based and be fit for regulatory purposes. The criteria need to clearly distinguish endocrine disruptors from substances that only interact with the hormonal system without causing harm.ECPA welcomes a rigorous and transparent discussion on this issue before the EU proposes and adopts the final criteria.
See also the CropLife International website 'Endocrine Science Matters'
The American Chemistry Council 'EndocrineScience.org' website is a useful source for endocrine science info.
Our letter to President Juncker, President Schulz and Prime Minister Rutte on Criteria for Endocrine Disruptors, May 12th 2016 - download (pdf)