European Union: Endocrine Disrupting Properties Update Concerning Biocides and Plant Protection Products Regulations – New Guidance Published

14 June, 2018

A new Guidance Document – Guidance for the identification of EDs (Endocrine Disruptors) in the context of Regulations (EU) No 528/2012 and (EC) No 1107/2009 – has been released by the European Food and Safety Agency, EFSA. The guidance was drafted by EFSA and ECHA (European Chemical Agency) with support from JRC (Joint Research Center).

The 170 pages document describes how to assess whether a substance meets the ED criteria by the use of a comprehensive Weight of Evidence approach in line with the scientific criteria outlined in the Commission Delegated Regulation (EU) 2017/2100 for biocides and Commission Regulation (EU) 2018/605 for plant protection products. Minor changes to the version are still expected, however its publication has been anticipated eagerly as the criteria for Biocides apply from 7 June 2018 (immediate application) and those for Plant Protection Products from 10 November 2018.

This link will lead you directly to the guidance document (pre-publication version) which is publicly available on the EFSA homepage. Please contact us for any queries or questions regarding EDs and this new guidance document. Your knoell contact point for ED assessment: Dr. Martina Duft.

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