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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

Banning toxics: the untapped opportunity
HEAL starred as a guest blogger in Breast Cancer UK’s prevention week blog. Both organisations call for better regulations of chemicals and a wider recognition of the need for changes in environmental policy to breast and other cancer prevention. Read more...

The case for flame retardant free furniture
Earlier this month HEAL joined a coalition of NGOs to stress concerns about the implications from the presence of harmful flame retardants chemicals in furniture products. Read more...

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- NGOs express support for restriction of chemical PFOA to REACH committee

- HEAL submissions to public consultation on pesticides and biocides

- Summary of EP workshop on glyphosate

- IPEN and the Endocrine Society’s Introduction to EDCs – available in new languages!

- A compliance check of the European Parliament’s TTIP Resolution – A preliminary analysis by CIEL, Client and HEAL, 7 July 2016

- Evaluation of studies that quantified socio-economic costs of EDC-associated health effects (HEAL as reviewer)

- HEAL guest article in German journal Environment and Health

- Resource pack: Advice on impacts of EDCs pesticides on pregnant women

Health costs in the EU - How much is related to EDCs? - Available in Spanish - El coste sanitario en la unión europea - ¿Cuánto corresponde a los disruptores endocrinos?

- Chemical cocktail leaflet now available in Maltese

- CHM materials: Bookmark ENDE, Poster ENDE


- Listen to the MP3 recording from CHE Partnership Call - A High Price to Pay: Obesity, Diabetes, and Associated Costs of Exposure to EDCs in the EU, 28 April 2015

- Listen to the MP3 recording from CHE Partnership Call - Perinatal Exposure to a Mixture of Common Low-Dose Phthalates and Flame Retardants Leads to Autistic Features in Rats, 15 April 2015

- Breakfast television, TVAM, Malta public television
4 Feb 2015, available on Facebook

- Exclusive interview with highly acclaimed biologist & author Sandra Steingraber

- HEAL in Stephane Horel’s documentary film ‘Endoc(t)rinement‘ [FR]

Take Action

- Non à la proposition scandaleuse de la Commission européenne sur les perturbateurs endocriniens!

- WeMove.EU - Petition to EU to ban glyphosate

- Become a supporter of the EDC-Free Europe coalition!

- Generations Futures – Petition to ask French Agriculture Minister to prohibit pesticide sprayings in strong winds




- 26: World Environmental Health Day

- 26: AIM working group meeting on EDCs - HEAL participating

- 28 - 29: ECHA EDCs expert committee

- 28 - 30: Gastein Health Forum

- 30: World Heart Day

- 6 - 7, Belgium: Expert meeting of member states on EDC criteria

- 13, Belgium: EP Environment Committee vote on Manimata Mercury amendments

- 20 - 21: HEAL General Assembly

- 20 - 21, Belgium: EU Heads of State Summit

- 23 - 29: 4th International lead poisoning prevention week of action

- 24 - 27, Strasbourg, France: EP Plenary

- 25, Zurich, Switzerland: Food Packaging Forum workshop


- 7 – 18, Marrakech, Morocco: UNFCCC COP22 - HEAL delegation participating

- 9 – 12, Austria, Vienna: European Public Health Conference

- 14: World Diabetes Day

- 14 - 18, San Francisco, USA: IPEN Global meeting and toxic-free future forum

- 16: World COPD Day

- 21: ENVI Working Group on Health - "Exchange of good practice in the field of health promotion and primary prevention"

- 21 – 24, Strasbourg, France: EP Plenary

- 28-29: Vienna, Austria: WHO, 6th meeting of European Environment and Health Task Force, Negotiation of the Conference Declaration/outcomes

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

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The Health and Environment Alliance (HEAL) is a leading European not-for-profit organisation addressing how the environment affects health in the European Union (EU). We demonstrate how policy changes can help protect health and enhance people’s quality of life. Read more »


HEAL has over 70 member organisations, representing health professionals, not-for-profit health insurers, doctors, nurses, cancer and asthma groups, citizens, women’s groups, youth groups, environmental NGOs, scientists and public health institutes. Members include international and Europe-wide organisations, as well as national and local groups. Read more »

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