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EU Commission defends delay in setting ED criteria

The European Commission has cited the need to take account of a “multiplicity” of opinions from industry and scientists in its defence of the delays in developing criteria for identifying and regulating potential endocrine disruptors (EDs). The Commission had to assess the merits of claims that its work would cause significant economic damage and was scientifically flawed, Bjorn Hansen of the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) told the European Parliament’s Environment Committee this month. He denied that the delay was solely due to lobbying from large chemical multinationals.



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