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

NGOs offer easy way for citizens to tell EU to stop exposures to hormone disrupting chemicals
EDC-Free Europe has launched an online platform to ‘Say NO to hormone disrupting chemicals’. This easy to use platform allows individuals to respond to the EU public consultation on EDCs. Read more…

International Chemicals talks highlight health sector involvement, EDCs and milestones to achieving 2020 goal
HEAL is participating in the Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management’s (SAICM’s) meeting this week in Geneva, Switzerland as part of the IPEN network to share successes from the health sector and advocate for milestones to minimise health effects from chemical pollution. Read more…

Nordic countries estimate high costs from chemical exposure
The Nordic Council of Ministers, representing Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden have published a report focusing on a socio-economic analysis of costs linked to effects of EDCs on male reproductive health. Read more…

Joint position paper on DEHP in PVC plastic
A last plea to the EU Commission to reject authorisation of the hormone disrupting chemical DEHP, in PVC plastic, found in many everyday consumer items. Read more…

New resource on health threats posed by EDCs
The Endocrine Society and IPEN have published a guide to educate the public and advise policy makers on EDCs and their health threats. The guide which comes at a timely moment, will be used to mobilise individuals to answer the EU public consultation on EDCs. Read more…

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Publications

HEAL signs open letter to Canadian government to ban triclosan

Joint letter: Principles for transparency, excellence and independence in scientific advice to EU Commission

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











Chemical cocktail leaflet now available in Maltese


Letters

Joint letter on the position of Chief Scientific Advisor to the President of the EU Commission

Joint letter on ECHA consumers right to know video

Joint letter on regulating chemicals in the TTIP


Multimedia

Exclusive interview with highly acclaimed biologist & author Sandra Steingraber

HEAL in Stephane Horel’s documentary film ‘Endoc(t)rinement‘ [FR]


Take Action!

Online platform to answer EC public consultation on EDCs www.no2hormonedisruptingchemicals.org Deadline 16 January 2015

Sign the Thunderclap: “Act for health in 2014: Make this the last year your presents contain #hormone disrupting #chemicals http://thndr.it/1BQabJb” Deadline 22 December 2014

Public consultation on EDC criteriaDeadline 16 January 2015

European Ombudsman launches public consultation into TTIP transparence - Deadline 30 October 2014

What’s disrupting you in 2014? - More information at www.edc-free.europe.org


Events

January 2015

6, European Parliament, Brussels, Belgium: Screening of Stephane Horel’s documentary film Endocrination

16: EU public consultation on EDCs closes



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

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