EU attacked over delays on ED criteria
The European Commission has had to defend itself again over a charge that it was influenced by industry pressure into delaying the development of criteria for identifying endocrine disruptors (EDs). The criteria will affect a wide range of products, including agrochemicals and biocides. The Commission came under attack by members of the European Parliament at a debate in March. Last year, the Commission had to fend off similar accusations that its EDs work had been derailed by lobbying from the chemical and cosmetic industries. Its repeated defence that the issue was highly complex irritated MEPs who argued that the delays had gone on long enough.