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EU court hearing puts spotlight on Commission delay over hormone disrupting chemicals
HEAL’s Lisette van Vliet attended a crucial court hearing against the EU Commission. The EU Court of Justice in Luxembourg heard Sweden’s case against the Commission for failing to fulfil its legal obligations regarding endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs). Read more…
Upcoming Medical Device Regulation Negotiations
HEAL supports a letter to the EU Parliament Rapporteur on the draft Medical Device Regulation, urging the Parliament to stand strong and uphold an amendment calling for the phase-out of toxic chemicals contained in medical devices when safer alternatives are available and technically feasible. Read more…
HEAL welcomes EP Committee vote on DEHP
The EU Parliament’s Environment and Health Committee recently voted to support an objection to the Commission’s proposal to continue the use of the phthalate, DEHP, a reproductive toxicant and EDC, in recycled materials such as PVC. DEPH is already officially listed as an EDC for the environment and it may be linked to male infertility due to environmental exposure of pregnant women. Read more...
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30 NGOs call for partial glyphosate ban
HEAL joins civil society organisations to convey serious concerns regarding the authorisation renewal assessment report on glyphosate that was produced under the aegis of German authorities and forms the basis for the ongoing peer review by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA). Read more…
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
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
23 – 26, Strasbourg, France: EP Plenary
16, Brussels, Belgium: Meeting of the EU Environment Ministers
14 - 17, Strasbourg, France: EP Plenary