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 advocates for prevention of health impacts of hazardous chemicals
HEAL’s Deputy Director Anne Stauffer recently encouraged ministerial representatives of the European region to increase activities for the prevention of effects of hazardous chemicals on human health. This includes providing information materials for the public, particularly vulnerable groups. Read more…

Two more chemicals added to the REACH high concern list
The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) recently decided to include two more substances or substance groups to the list of chemicals of very high concern (SVHC). Read more…

EU Conference on Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals (EDCs)
EU conference draws nearly 300 participants to discuss next steps on-going impact assessment on criteria to identify EDCs. HEAL highlighted how reducing exposure from these chemicals is a chance in Europe to be the first to really enact primary prevention of cancers, infertility, learning disabilities, and other diseases, to achieve a healthier society. Read more...

HEAL signs joint NGO letter on glyphosate
In a joint letter to the EU Commission, HEAL has asked for an informed debate on the use of glyphosate in Europe. There are concerns about the scope of the EU Commission’s request to the European Food Safety Agency (EFSA) to investigate the carcinogenic potential of glyphosate. Read more…

A Toxic Affair: How the chemical lobby blocked action on EDCs
This recent report by Corporate Europe Observatory (CEO) and French investigative journalist Stephane Horel examines how concerted industry lobbying delayed regulations on EDCs. Read more…

Civil society groups warn of TTIP risk on EDCs
NGOs called on the Rapporteur of the European Parliament’s Trade Committee to oppose a chemicals chapter in the EU US TTIP agreement because it could undermine future EU action on EDCs. NGOs have also set up an online platform to say no to ISDS. Read more…

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Publications

- 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?










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- Chemical cocktail leaflet now available in Maltese

- CHM materials: Bookmark ENDE, Poster ENDE


Multimedia

- 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

- Stop TTIP and CETA – Deadline October 2015

- Call on MEPs to keep ISDS out of TTIP

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

Events

July

- 15, Brussels, Belgium: Screening of Merchants of Doubt, HEAL co-organiser - Register here

August

- 1: World Breastfeeding week

September

- 26: World Environment Health day

- 30: World Heart Day

October

- 1 -31: National Breast Cancer Awareness month

- 11 -13, Berlin, Germany: World Health Summit

- 14 - 17, Milan, Italy: 8th European Public Health Conference - Health in Europe – from global to local policies, methods and practices


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 »

Members

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