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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

More science on DEHP’s negative health effects, while Commission considers its authorisation
Whilst the EU Commission is about to decide whether to authorise a use of the di (2-ethylhexyl) phthalate (DEHP) in PVC articles for consumer use, more scientific results on the negative health effects of the chemical become available. Read more…

Upcoming EU Conference on Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals
HEAL to speak at the EU Commission Directorate General for Health and Food Safety (DG Sante) conference on the impact assessment on criteria to identify EDCs on 1 June. Read more…

Madrid Statement on Fluorinated Chemicals
The Madrid Statement, documenting the consensus of over 200 scientists on the extreme persistence and potential for harm of the entire class of highly fluorinated chemicals, was published on 1 May in Environmental Health Perspectives (EHP). Read more…

ECHA EDCs group considers first phthalate
In its fourth meeting to date, the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) Expert Group on EDCs have discussed a phthalate, dicyclohexyl phthalate (DCHP). Member State Sweden asked the group to provide advice on its endocrine disrupting properties, to see if it would be suitable for the REACH most harmful list of chemicals. Read more...

HEAL participates in EU Commission meeting on EDCs
The EU Commission’s Directorate General for Health and Food Safety (DG Sante) has started a series of Roundtables to inform various stakeholders, MEPs and EU country officials of the Impact Assessment process on the criteria to identify EDCs. HEAL attended the first meeting on 25 March. Read more...

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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

- The urgent case for a ban on fracking – Food and Water Europe petition

- Avaaz petition: Protect our health, Stop Monsanto


May 2015

- 12, Brussels, Belgium: Health Commissioner consults with MEPs on EDC criteria

- 18, Brussels, Belgium: Fifth Paris Appeal on electromagnetic fields and chemicals

- 18-26, Geneva, Switzerland: World Health Assembly

- 25 – 31: European Week Against Cancer

June 2015

- 1, Brussels Belgium: European Commission conference on EDCs

- 8, Brussels, Belgium: Conference - Belgium moving towards pesticide free towns

- 24, Paris, France: ANSES conference - ‘Health risks, precaution and innovation’

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

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