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Endocrine Disrupters and Biocides

The new endocrine disrupter criteria for biocides apply from the 7th of June 2018 under Regulation (EU) No 528/2012. This means that new biocides and biocides currently going through the authorisation process will need to have endocrine disrupter assessment included as part of their application.

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Endocrine Disrupters and Plant Protection Products

On April 20th, 2018, the European Commission published Regulation 2018/605 amending Annex II to Regulation (EC) No. 1107/2009 on the Official Journal of the European Union.  This Regulation sets out scientific criteria for the determination of endocrine disrupting properties. It aims to provide greater clarity on endocrine disruptors and ensure safety of both human and animal health.

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Weight of Evidence Reviews for Endocrine Disrupting Properties

Endocrine disrupting properties require specific evaluation under the European regulation on the Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH; 1907/2006) and the regulations on plant protection (Regulation [EC] 1107/2009) and biocidal (Regulation [EC] 528/2012) products.

Specific criteria to identify endocrine disrupting properties, which enable hazard‐based regulation, has been accepted under the BPR (EC 2017/2100) and PPP Regulation (EC 2018/605). These regulations and the criteria only support the marketing and use of chemicals on the basis that they do not meet these criteria in humans or non-target wildlife species. 

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