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

HEAL to EU Commission: protect public health - use scientific rigor to identify EDCs
HEAL made its official submission to the EU public consultation on the criteria to identify hormone disrupting chemicals which closed on 16 January 2015. Read more…

Over 20,000 individuals say ‘NO’ to hormone disrupting chemicals
The majority of submissions to the EU Commission’s public consultation came from ’Say NO to hormone disrupting chemicals’ online platform launched by the EDC-Free coalition. Read more...

Top policy makers support curbing EDC exposure to prevent cancer
MEPs Against Cancer (MAC) addressed a well-attended meeting on preventing cancer through reductions in exposure to EDCs. Read more…

EU Council joins EDC court case
The EU Council of Ministers is now supporting a court case against the EU Commission regarding the delay in delivering the criteria for EDCs. The European Parliament is also set to join. The lawsuit was started by Sweden last year. Read more…

EFSA’s conclusions on BPA
The European Food and Safety Authority (EFSA) concluded in their final scientific opinion that current levels of exposure to BPA via food contact material, flavourings, cosmetics and toys for example, would not post a risk to health, despite BPA having endocrine disrupting properties. Read more…

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Publications

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











Chemical cocktail leaflet now available in Maltese

Multimedia

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

REACH Authorisation - Consultation on application for low volumes & extension of transitional arrangements for uses in legacy spare parts - Deadline 30 April 2015


Events

February 2015

18: CHE Call: EDCs, Oil and Gas Development, & Groundwater with Dr. Susan Nagel

27, Madrid, Spain: HEAL and Alborada Foundation Roundtable on EDCs and health costs, Spanish Parliament

March 2015

5, Munich, Germany: HEAL and WECF meeting on chemicals and diseases

6, Brussels, Belgium: EU Environment Council

20 – 30: Pesticide Action Week

April 2015

7: World Health Day


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

About HEAL

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 »

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