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5th meeting of the Expert Advisory Group on Endocrine Disruptors (ED EAG)

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Feb 04, 2013
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4-5 February 2013 - Scientific advice on the development of criteria for identification of endocrine disrupters

The Expert Advisory Group on Endocrine Disruptors (ED EAG) is helding its 5th meeting in the premises of the European Commission's Joint Research Centre in Varese, Ispra. This group, run by the JRC, is composed by experts nominated by Member States' regulatory authorities, relevant industry associations and NGOs.

The first part of the meeting focussed on finalising the report of the ED EAG on key scientific issues relevant to the identification and characterisation of endocrine disrupting substances. The second part will discuss issues on the existence of thresholds for EDs and the related uncertainties in determining a threshold to feed into the upcoming REACH review on the use of 'adequate control' for EDs under REACH authorisation.

The ED EAG has had four meetings and is in the process of drafting and finalising a report to the Ad-hoc Group of Commission Services and Member States on the EU Community Strategy on Endocrine Disrupters. The report will be used as input to the development of horizontal criteria by the Commission to be applied as appropriate under the different pieces of community legislation.

 

Background:

The European Commission, under Directorate-General for Environment (DG ENV) as file leader of the Community Strategy on Endocrine Disrupters, supports the development of horizontal criteria for the identification of EDs to be applied as appropriate across all relevant pieces of legislation concerning the control and risk management of chemicals substances (including pesticides, biocides, pharmaceuticals, industrial chemicals, controls on water quality, occupational exposure, etc).

By the end of 2013, the European Commission is expected to propose criteria for the identification of substances with endocrine disrupting properties under a number of pieces of EU chemical legislation, specifically in relation to authorisation of substances for pesticidal or biocidal use. By June 2013, the Commission  will also review the authorisation of endocrine disruptors under REACH. In parallel, the 1999 Community Strategy on Endocrine Disruptors will be revised. 

In 2010, DG ENV created an Ad-hoc Group of Commission Services and Member States on the EU Community Strategy on Endocrine Disrupters. The Ad-hoc group created an expert sub-group in November 2011 to provide scientific advice on the development of criteria for identification of EDs. The European Commission's Joint Research Centre was tasked with running the expert sub-group, consisting of around 40 experts nominated by Member State regulatory authorities, relevant industry associations and NGOs. 

Available on the web site of Directorate-General for Environment: List of documents related to the Community Strategy on Endocrine Disrupters

Image: Major endocrine glands. (Male left, female on the right.) 1. Pineal gland 2. Pituitary gland 3. Thyroid gland 4. Thymus 5. Adrenal gland 6. Pancreas 7. Ovary 8. Testes. Courtesy Wikimedia Commons 2010.