Draft technical guidance for the determination of endocrine disruptor (ED) properties in pesticide active substances [AS] has been described as ‘very complex’, ‘unworkable’ and likely to result in ‘many more substances being affected’ than predicted by a previous EC impact assessment, according to HSE’s Chemicals Regulation Division.
Last December, EU Member States voted in favour of new draft criteria for defining EDs. Currently the criteria is being looked at by the European Council and European Parliament and if adopted in May, is expected to apply from early-mid November 2018, explained Dr Helen McGarry of CRD, at the Expert Committee on Pesticides meeting.
“The new criteria will apply to ongoing [AS] evaluations; substances that met the [current] interim criteria will now be reviewed against the agreed criteria; it is proposed to allow 30 months for new data to support pending applications and apparently there are no plans to review active substances that have already been approved but were suspected of having ED properties.”
Dr McGarry said HSE will rely on the criteria and not apply the draft guidance until it has been notified by the Standing Committee on Plants, Animals, Food and Feed (SCoPAFF).
Hazel Doonan, AIC head of crop protection and agronomy sector said there was a danger that actives could be lost if another Member State which had decided to apply the draft guidance was acting as rapporteur (assessor).