EU: Criteria for Endocrine Disruptors Also Apply to Biocides

On September 4, the EU Commission accepted scientific criteria to determine endocrine disruptors for biocides. The EU has published a press release that contains several useful links. The EU Parliament and Council now have two months to study the planned text. In July, the members had already approved acceptance of the criteria for plant protection products. That approval opens a path for harmonization of EU law on plant protection products and biocides.

As soon as the law takes effect, substances that affect endocrines will no longer be approved. Exceptions are possible only in cases of negligible exposure, and then the ingredients can be approved with limitations.

The World Health Organization (WHO) defines endocrine disruptors as substances or mixtures that influence the hormonal system. They affect not only the health of a specific organism, but also its descendants. If you are interested in more details about the topic, please see the FAQ list provided by the commission.

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