Farming unions have called for a ‘more nuanced view’, following the release of proposed endocrine disruptor (ED) identification criteria by the European Commission (EC) in June.
In an opportunity for stakeholders to put forward their reactions, which has just closed, UK farming unions stressed the need for a risk based science-led approach to regulating endocrine disruptors.
They warned that adoption of proposed criteria would undermine farmers’ competitiveness, leaving them with fewer options to tackle pests and diseases.
NFU chief arable adviser, Guy Gagen, said: “It was a very short consultation; unseemly haste. The EC faced a fine for delays from the European Courts of Justice and was forced to act more quickly than it otherwise would.
“The EC needs to look again at a more nuanced view; something more constructive rather than take a very precautionary view.”
The farming unions’ response pointed to the need to consider substance exposure risk and chemical potency when regulating.
The Commission’s proposal includes an option to include exposure in individual PPP (plant protection product) assessments. But the unions highlighted that case-specific derogations provide little certainty as to which products will remain available.