CEFIC and ECPA on European Criteria for Identifying Endocrine Disruptors

European regulation requires the development of scientific criteria for the identification of endocrine disruptors and work is ongoing within the EU to prepare these criteria. Consistent with global regulatory approaches, the crop protection industry believes that endocrine disruptors should be treated like any other substance of potential concern and subject to risk assessment in which both the intrinsic properties (hazard) and level of human or environmental exposure are considered. The European Chemical Industry Council (CEFIC) and European Crop Protection Association (ECPA) have provided their proposals for the criteria within the limitations of EU pesticide and biocide regulations. The criteria apply a weight of evidence approach, using all available data, to ensure a balanced, transparent and scientifically robust approach. The main goal is to focus regulatory attention on substances of real concern and to continue to ensure high levels of safety for humans and the environment.

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