Health protective identification of endocrine disrupting chemicals - A challenge under current implementation plans



A public consultation on the guidance document for the application of the identification criteria of endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs) in the context of the pesticides and biocides legislations closed at the end of January.

The Health and Environment Alliance (HEAL) regreted that the proposed approach is not fit for the purpose of implementing already weak identification criteria in the most health-protective way. According to both pesticides and biocides regulations, chemicals with endocrine disrupting properties for humans and non-target organisms should not be placed on the market. Now, almost a decade later, the development of the EDC guidance is the last step before those provisions, which have not yet been applied, can finally be implemented. 

Commenting on the draft document, Natacha Cingotti, HEAL’s health and chemicals policy officer, said: “The proposed guidance does not live up to our expectations to facilitate the identification of endocrine disruptors in the most health protective way, and ultimately deliver a reduction of endocrine related diseases and conditions

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