Chemicals

Over 100 synthetic chemicals may be found in our blood stream
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In recent years, the use of chemicals in everyday products has increased dramatically. The laws that aim to protect us from health harm often lag behind the knowledge on the hazards. Minimising chemical exposure and encouraging non-chemical alternatives remain priorities.


News on our policy work

Health costs in the European Union - How much is related to EDCs?
Exposure to food and everyday electronic, cosmetic and plastic products containing endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs) may be costing up to €31 billion per year in the EU, according to a new HEAL report. Read more…


EU Commission publishes roadmap for EDCs criteria options
The EU roadmap to set criteria to identify EDCs under EU legislation has finally been published. It sets out several policy options for the EDC criteria and different possible approaches to regulatory decision-making. A public consultation on the options is expected to be launched soon. Read more…
After the successful release of a French national strategy on EDCs, France initiated a debate on the EU’s policies at the meeting of EU environment ministers in Luxembourg on 12 June. Read more…


How TTIP could harm our health
HEAL together with a wide Pan-European coalition of non-profit groups has called for a fundamental change in the negotiations on the EU-US Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), to protect public health and ensure a transparent and democratic policy debate. Read more…


Round Table discussion on EDCs and public health
HEAL’s Lisette van Vliet spoke at a roundtable at the Dutch parliament on Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals on 11 June, organised by Dutch NGO Wemos Health for All and HEAL member organisation Women in Europe for a Common Future (WECF). Read more…


Fracking: a serious but still underestimated threat to public health
Environmental health scientist and acclaimed author Dr. Sandra Steingraber was in Brussels to share scientific evidence from the US on health impacts of shale gas drilling. She called to stop fracking on health grounds in Europe. Read more…


Publications

Health costs in the EU - How much is related to EDCs?











Take Action!

Public consultation on investment protection and investor-to-state dispute settlement (ISDS) in the TTIP - Deadline 6 July 2014

ECHA consultations on flame retardantsDeadline 9 July 2014

Petition: Ban endocrine disrupting chemcials in consumer goods

What’s disrupting you in 2014? - More information at www.edc-free.europe.org


Events

July

1 July: Italian presidency of the EU Council of Ministers begins

1 - 3 July, Strasbourg, France: First plenary session of the new European Parliament

4 July, Brussels: HEAL webinar (DE): Chronic diseases, health problems and Chemicals: What’s the connection? - More information in German available via HEAL’s Chemicals Health Monitor website in German - To register for the webinar contact Nadia at nadia@env-health.org

August

1 August: World Breastfeeding Week

September

4 – 5 September, Brussels, Belgium: EPHA 5th Annual Conference - More information available here

October

6 – 7 October, Brussels, Belgium: HEAL Annual General Assembly - More information coming soon!

26 – 29 October, Boston, US: PPTOX IV, Environmental Stressors in Disease and Implications for Human Health - More information here

November

November, Israel: Mid-term review of the European Environment and Health Process (EEHP) - More information available via the WHO Europe website


Learn more about HEAL’s views and policy work on Chemicals

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