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News Communication from the Commission to the Council and the European Parliament

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Source Environment - What's New (EC Environment Web Site)
Release date 06/09/2001
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21 June 2001: Communication from the Commission to the Council and the European Parliament on the implementation of the Community Strategy for Endocrine Disrupters - a range of substances suspected of interfering with the hormone systems of humans and wildlife COM (2001)262 Following the adoption by the Commission of a Communication to Council and European Parliament on a Community Strategy for Endocrine Disrupters in December 1999 (COM(1999)706), the Council invited the Commission to report regularly on the progress of work, and for the first time in early 2001. A key short-term action of the Community Strategy is the establishment of a priority list of substances for further evaluation of their role in endocrine disruption. During 2000, a candidate list of 553 man-made substances and 9 synthetic/natural hormones has been identified. The candidate list has been divided into three separate groupings of substances depending on the level of information available, and a priority list of actions has been developed in order to further evaluate the role of these substances in endocrine disruption. Actions, timeframes and groupings of substances are presented in Annex 1 of this Communication. Regarding other short-term actions, the Commission held a European workshop on endocrine disrupters, with the sponsorship of the Swedish Ministry for Environment, Swedish National Chemicals Inspectorate (KEMI), OECD, WHO and the European Environment Agency. The workshop took place on 18-20 June 2001 in Sweden and focused on monitoring, research and development, test methods/testing strategy and international cooperation. The Commission has also held meetings with WHO and the US EPA during 2000 with a view to enhancing international cooperation. "Full text":

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