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Study on endocrine disruptors initiated in EU

The European Commission expects to complete a study on the assessment of endocrine disrupting chemicals by the end of the year and report to EU Ministers in early 2012. The statement came during a meeting of Environment Ministers this month. They were discussing the Commission’s latest report on the issue. It plans to develop a systematic approach to the identification and assessment of endocrine disruptors (EDs), which can be applied across different industry sector legislation. The lack of specific criteria defining EDs is causing concern because chemicals with these properties would be banned under new agrochemical and biocide registration rules. UK and German regulators recently proposed criteria in a bid to speed up action in this area ( Agrow No 616, p 14). Under article 3.6 of Annex II of EU agrochemical registration Regulation (1107/2009), the Commission is to come up with specific criteria for endocrine disruptors by December 14th 2013 ( Agrow No 591, pp 9-11).

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