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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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Commission and Member States ignore concerns on DEHP in recycled goods
HEAL is disappointed at the EU REACH Committee’s decision to grant EDC phthalate DEHP the green light for use in recycled PVD goods like vinyl flooring. Prior to the vote, HEAL joined a multi-NGO open letter urging its rejection, stating that this authorisation undermines REACH’s aim to replace toxic substances with safer alternatives. The letter also covers BPA in thermal paper. Read more…

Two third of food can linings contain BPA
HEAL welcomes a recent report by six North American non-profit organisations following the testing of nearly 200 food cans for the toxic chemical, Bisphenol A, which was found in the lining of two out of three cans. The report shows that food packaging industries are barely moving when it comes to eliminating BPA from food cans in the USA. Read more…

Women’s reproductive problems from EDCs cost Europe 1.4 billion Euros per year
A recent study published in the peer-reviewed Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism on two common female reproductive health problems attributable to endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs) identifies costs of 1.4 billion Euros for Europe annually. Read more…

Endocrine Society 2016 awards recognise outstanding scientists
Four scientists have received an “Outstanding Public Service Award” 2016 from the Endocrine Society for raising global awareness of the health effects of endocrine-disrupting chemicals (EDCs). Read more…

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- Evaluation of studies that quantified socio-economic costs of EDC-associated health effects (HEAL as reviewer)

- 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

- WeMove.EU - Petition to EU to ban glyphosate




- 22 – 26: TTIP negotiations round


- 4, Brussels, Belgium: EU Environment Council

- 7 - 10, Strasbourg, France: EP Plenary

- 17 - 18, Brussels, Belgium: EU Summit

- 20 - 30: Pesticide Action Week


- 5 – 12, Paris, France: International Environmental Film Festival

- 17-19, Berlin, Germany: 2nd International Conference on Human Biomonitoring

- 20: CHE EDC Strategies Group call: Increasing trends in male reproductive disorders, environmental exposure & implications for human health

- 21: Earth Day

- 25, New York, USA: Next round of TTIP negotiations begin

- 27: World Day for Safety and Health at work

- 28: CHE & HEAL partnership call: Glyphosate - The increasing use of GBHs worldwide and implications for human health

- 28, EP, Brussels, Belgium: EFA event on Adolescents Adherence to Asthma treatment


- 6: World Asthma Day

- 25: Start of European week against cancer


- 5: World Environment Day

- 8 - 9, Brussels, Belgium: EC workshop for a ’roadmap to a non-toxic environment’

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

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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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