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 re-launches the Chemicals Health Monitor
The re-vamped monitoring service aims to improve public health by promoting support for more protective regulation of hazardous chemicals. With a website on chemicals and diseases and social media tools in English and German, HEAL wants to encourage health professionals to use and share the resources with patients and the public. Read more…


How TTIP could harm our health by affecting chemicals regulation
The EU and USA are negotiating an agreement which threatens to privilege corporations, and increase their influence in policy negotiations and implementation. In particular, the TTIP could also undermine the EU’s high level of protection against hazardous chemicals. Read more…


BPA is toxic to reproduction says European Chemicals Agency
The Risk Assessment Committee of the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) recommends that the chemical Bisphenol A should receive an official EU classification as toxic to reproduction Category 1B. Read more…


New evidence on chemicals and children’s stunted neurological development
Two leading experts on how children’s health is affected by environmental pollution recently published a major review of the evidence about chemicals contributing to a ‘global, silent pandemic’ of disorders of brain and nervous system. Read more…


Publications

Diabetes and obesity leaflet in German


Take Action!

What’s disrupting you? Send us your photos of toys and cosmestics to help us let governments know you want an EDC-Free Future

Sign the petition to keep chemicals out of EU/US trade negotiations

Public consultation on substances of very high concern identification - deadline 17 April


Events

2014

April

16, Brussels, Belgium: CHE Partnership Call featuring Dr. Philippe Grandjean on the Chemical Brain Drain

23: EFSA Stakeholder meeting on BPA opinion, Brussels, Belgium - More information here


May 2014

6: World Asthma Day

10: Let’s clean up Europe

19 – 24, Geneva, Switzerland: World Health Assembly

21, Brussels, Belgium: CHE Partnership Call featuring Dr. Retha Newbold on health effects of exposure to EDCs


June

2 - 3 , Royal College of Physicians, London: Children with Cancer UK: Workshop on in utero exposure and cancer in children - More information here

3- 5, Brussels: EU Green Week

5, World Environment 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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