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Endocrine disruptors: the SCCS adopted a Memorandum

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The SCCS made public, on 12 January 2015, its position on endocrine disruptors, their definition, and their safety assessment. The experts adopted this memorandum at the 8th plenary meeting on 16 December 2014.

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Regulation (EC) No.1223/2009 on cosmetic products states in Article 15 No.4. ‘When Community or internationally agreed criteria for identifying substances with endocrine-disrupting properties are available, or at the latest on 11 January 2015, the Commission shall review this Regulation with regard to substances with endocrine-disrupting properties.’

The European Commission established two expert groups with orientation on various scientific and policy aspects related to this topic. The ‘Ad hoc group of Commission Services, EU Agencies and Member States’ focused on policy issues. The ‘Endocrine Disruptors Expert Advisory Group’ reflected on scientific issues relevant to endocrine disruptors, not specific to any regulatory framework, including advice/orientation on scientific criteria for the identification of endocrine disrupting chemicals. In both groups, industry associations, non-governmental organisations, European Commission staff, EU Agencies and Member States were represented. The outcome of ‘the Endocrine Disruptors Expert Advisory Group’ meetings is summarised in two reports [JRC 2013a, b].

For preparing the definition of the criteria in the EU, the Commission asked the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) to deliver a Scientific Opinion on the hazard assessment of endocrine disruptors (EDs) which was published in 2013 [EFSA 2013].

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