The European Commission (EC) and European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) have launched public consultations seeking comments on endocrine active substances and draft genetically modified (GM) plant guidance. In accordance with regulations governing biocides and plant protection products, the commission has asked the public “to help define criteria for endocrine disruptors” as part of its effort to identify and regulate substances that interact with human and animal hormone systems.
“Endocrine disrupting chemicals have triggered a substantial debate: there are strong signals from science, there is increasing public and political concern and awareness, while some stakeholders still have doubts,” said European Commissioner for the Environment Janez Potočnik. “Europe is watching—we need these criteria to improve protection and give industry the certainty it requires. Citizens and stakeholders can help us make an informed decision.” See EC Press Release, September 29, 2014.
In addition, EFSA’s Panel on Genetically Modified Organisms has requested views on draft guidance intended to present “a more comprehensive and harmonized approach to the agronomic and phenotypic characterization of GM plants using data collected from field trials and under controlled circumstances.” The guidance would make recommendations related to field trial sites and design; the quality of test materials; the selection of ecologically relevant endpoints; data analysis; and environmental risk assessments. See EFSA News Release, September 25, 2014.