On 4 October 2017, the European Parliament voted to object to the European Commission’s draft regulation setting out criteria for identifying endocrine disruptors in the area of plant protection products (PPPs).
The Parliament objection regards the last paragraph of the draft regulation. The criteria proposed in the draft regulation provide for an exemption, or derogation, from the scope of the criteria for identifying EDCs, for substances that have an ‘intended endocrine mode of action’ (i.e. are deliberately designed to attack an organism’s endocrine system).
The Commission regretted Parliament’s vote, reportedly stating that the derogation had been essential in getting a qualified majority among Member States to support the criteria.
Now the Commission has to withdraw the draft regulation and either submit an amended version, do no further action or submit a new draft regulation. In the meantime, the interim criteria continue to apply.
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