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The Swedish Chemicals Agency’s response to the EU proposal on criteria for endocrine disrupting chemicals

News 12/18/2014

The European Commission has launched a public consultation to gather views on their proposal for criteria to identify endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs). Here is the Swedish Chemicals Agency’s response to the Commission’s proposal.

The Swedish Chemicals Agency supports the alternative which uses the definition for EDCs defined by the World Health Organisation (WHO). The definition has been developed through the WHO’s International Programme on Chemical Safety (IPCS).

The definition should also be combined with division into three categories based on strength of evidence. Substances should be divided into three categories dependent on how strong the evidence is for endocrine disrupting properties. (This is Option 3 in the Commission’s proposal on criteria).


The consultation also makes proposals to how the criteria shall be implemented in the regulations (EG) No 1107/2009 (Plant Protection Product Regulation) and (EU) No 528/2012 (Biocidal Products Regulation). The Swedish Chemicals Agency supports that the criteria shall only be implemented without additional requirements such as risk assessment elements or social-economic considerations. Only the present-day possibilities for excemptions in the regulations shall be used. (This is Option A in the Commission’s proposal on implementation and use of criteria).

The Swedish Chemicals Agency also urges the Commission to take into account available studies, such as those on the health costs of EDCs .

Our response

Our complete response is available here. The consultation is open until 16 January 2015. It is open for everyone to respond to.

Swedish Chemicals Agency response
(Section 2 concerns criteria options; Section 3, policy options; and, Section 4, other information. 


Commission’s proposal of criteria:

  1. No change (keep interim rules)
  2. WHO/IPCS definition
  3. WHO/IPCS definition including division into three categories based on strength of evidence for EDCs
  4. WHO/IPCS definition, limited by a substances having a specified potency

Three alternatives for implementation of criteria:

  • Option A – Implement criteria without other changes of the regulations
  • Option B – Implement criteria combined with additional requirements for risk assessment
  • Option C – Implement criteria combined with requirements for further socio-economic considerations

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