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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.

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Endocrine Society awards for outstanding public service announced
The Outstanding Public Service Award is one of the Endocrine Society’s prestigious 2016 Laureate Awards, recognising the highest achievements in the endocrinology field, raising awareness of the health effects of endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs). Read more…

Call to EU to ban the recycling of materials containing toxic flame retardants
HEAL supports an open letter signed by public interest groups worldwide, to the EU Commissioner for Environment, highlighting the need to stop DecaBDE, reappearing in recycled products. Read more…

Call for Action for Global Control of Lead Exposure to Eliminate Lead Poisoning
In the September issue of Epidemiology, the International Society for Environmental Epidemiology (ISEE) call for a concerted global effort to eliminate lead poisoning. HEAL supports this call for action as an important contribution to the work of the Global Alliance to Eliminate Lead Paint, where HEAL serves on the advisory group. Read more…

Victory for famer Paul Francois in lawsuit against Monsanto
Great news for Paul Francois, a large scale French cereal farmer who has won an eight year legal battle against Monsanto, after he was intoxicated by the one of their products. The Court of Appeal of Lyon (France) delivered the positive verdict last week. Read more…

HEAL supports appeal for a ban of highly hazardous pesticides
Nearly 400 organisations from 100 countries including HEAL call on governments and corporations to take concrete steps towards a progressive ban on highly hazardous pesticides (HHPs) and their substitution with eco-system-based alternatives. Read more…

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- 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?

- Chemical cocktail leaflet now available in Maltese

- CHM materials: Bookmark ENDE, Poster ENDE


- 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

- ISEE Call for Action for Global Control of Lead Exposure to Eliminate Lead Poisoning

- 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



- 26: World Environment Health day

- 28 September - 2 October, Geneva, Switzerland: HEAL participates at International Conference on Chemicals Management (ICCM4), the governing body of UNEP’s Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management (SAICM)

- 30: World Heart Day


- 1 -31: National Breast Cancer Awareness month

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

- 25 – 31: Lead Poisoning Prevention Week of Action

- 27, Israel: Breast Cancer and the Environment Conference (EHF)

- 28-29, Brussels, Belgium: HEAL Annual General Assembly


- 14: World Diabetes Day

- 15 – 16, Turkey: G20 summit

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 »


HEAL has over 70 member organisations, representing health professionals, not-for-profit health insurers, doctors, nurses, cancer and asthma groups, citizens, women’s groups, youth groups, environmental NGOs, scientists and public health institutes. Members include international and Europe-wide organisations, as well as national and local groups. Read more »

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