On 15 June 2016, the European Commission presented a package to the Council and to the European Parliament to adopt a science based approach to the identification of endocrine disruptors in both the biocides and pesticides areas.

They also requested that these Offices endorse the WHO definition of endocrine disruptors.

Endocrine disruptors are substances from both natural and chemical that can alter the functions of the hormonal system and consequently cause adverse effects on people or animals.

Plant protectionThe European Commission presented two draft legal acts with scientific criteria that allow for a more accurate identification of chemical substances which are endocrine disruptors, in the plant protection products and biocides areas.

The Commission’s pack included a Communication providing an overview of the scientific and regulatory context;  an Impact Assessment Report which presents the state of science regarding different criteria to identify endocrine disruptors, and provides information on possible consequences; and two draft legal acts, one under the Biocidal Products legislation, the other under the Plant Protection Products legislation which set the criteria to identify endocrine disruptors.

To read the full press release, please click here.

If you require regulatory support with respect to biocides or plant protection products in relation to the impact of the new legislation upon your business, please contact us at Kerona Scientific Ltd.