Little Pro on 2016-03-09
WHO defines an endocrine disrupting chemical (EDC) as an exogenous substance or mixture that alters function(s) of the endocrine system and consequently causes adverse health effects in an intact organism, or its progeny, or (sub)populations.The EU has introduced many regulations aimed at phasing out endocrine disruptors in water, industrial chemicals, plant protection products and biocides. In this article, we will try to give you an overview of those regulations.
Under REACH regulation, endocrine disrupting chemicals are considered of similar regulatory concern as substances of very high concern. Some ED chemicals have already been added to SVHC candidate list.
Under the Plant Protection Products Regulation and the Biocidal Products Regulation, substances considered to have “endocrine disrupting properties” will not be authorized or even be banned.
On 20 Apr 2018, the EU has published COMMISSION REGULATION (EU) 2018/605 amending Annex II to Regulation (EC) No 1107/2009 by setting out scientific criteria for the determination of endocrine disrupting properties. The ED criteria will apply from 10 November 2018 to all new and ongoing applications for plant protection products.
An active substance, safener or synergist shall be considered as having endocrine disrupting properties that may cause adverse effect to humans if it is a substance that meets all of the following criteria, unless there is evidence demonstrating that the adverse effects identified are not relevant to humans:
An active substance, safener or synergist shall be considered as having endocrine disrupting properties on non-target organisms if it is a substance that meets all of the following criteria, unless there is evidence demonstrating that the adverse effects identified are not relevant at the (sub)population level for non-target organisms:
Biocidal substances considered to have “endocrine disrupting properties” will not be authorized. The ED criteria for biocidal products are published by Commission Delegated Regulation (EU) 2017/2100 and entered into force on 7 December 2017. The criteria are the same as the criteria for plant protection products.
It shall be noted that chemical substances are included in this screening exercise above does not mean that the substances should be considered as "endocrine disruptors" or "suspected endocrine disruptors".
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