Ongoing guidance consultations
If ECHA identifies a need for updating existing guidance or for developing new guidance, it will prepare a corresponding draft document. A consultation procedure will be initiated based on this first draft and that will follow the following steps:
- Consultation of a Partner Expert Group (PEG);
- Consultation of ECHA's Committees and/or Forum, where relevant;
- Concluding consultation of the European Commission and the relevant Competent Authorities.
In order to ensure that the guidance updating process is kept transparent and open to participation by relevant partners, drafts of the texts and feedback from the different consultation steps will be published on this webpage.
Guidance for identification of endocrine disruptors in the context of the Biocidal Products and Plant Protection Products Regulations
The guidance has been subject to several consultations. It was consulted twice in 2017 with an ad-hoc Consultation Group of Member States experts and stakeholders, followed by a public consultation (December 2017 - January 2018). A further consultation of risk assessors from competent authorities in the plant protection and biocidal product sectors in parallel with the EFSA Scientific Committee and the EFSA Panel on Plant Protection Products and their Residues was carried out in April 2018. Finally, the Competent Authorities for Biocidal Products and for Plant Protection Products bodies were consulted in May 2018, before adoption of the guidance by ECHA and EFSA.
The final guidance will be published in the EFSA Journal by July 2018. Comments received in consultation on the guidance and responses to the comments will be made available in the context of publication of the guidance text in the EFSA Journal.
A pre-publication version of the guidance is available at the link below.
ECHA will systematically collect information on experience related to the use of existing guidance and the potential needs to develop new guidance. The main sources for such information are the questions from industry received by the ECHA helpdesk, issues arising from the national helpdesks, and issues highlighted by authorities during the use of guidance documents.