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

Public consultation on EDC criteria

The European Commission DG for Health and Consumers has opened the public consultation on the criteria to be used to identify EDCs in the EU biocides and pesticides legislation. Read more...

Substitute It Now! Advance of harmful chemicals list will contribute to better health

HEAL welcomes 28 more chemicals added to the ‘SIN List’ (a list of substances of very high concern), as this advance will contribute to reducing chronic disease. The updated list was launched at a conference organised by HEAL partner organisation ChemSec in Brussels. Read more…

MEPs prioritise EDCs in the Commissioner-designate hearings

Endocrine disrupting chemicals emerged as a key issue for many MEPs who questioned the Commission nominees for Health and for the Environment. HEAL’s reaction to the hearings appeared in Euractiv, a widely read EU online news outlet. Read more…

37th Meeting of European Chemicals Agency Member State Committee

HEAL attended the 37th meeting of the ECHA Member State Committee (MSC) in Helsinki. Representatives participate in several REACH processes and are responsible for resolving divergences of opinions among Member States and on proposals for the identification of Substances of Very High Concern (SVHCs). Read more…

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Publications

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!

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

October

  • All month: Breast cancer awareness month
  • 26 – 29, Boston, US: PPTOX IV, Environmental stressors in disease and implications for health
  • 28 – 29, France: Occupational exposure to pesticides
  • 29, Paris, France: Hormone-dependent cancers and EDCs

    November 2014

  • 4, The Hague, Netherlands: Dutch Parliament hearing on EDCs report of Dutch Health Council
  • 5, Paris, France: French National Assembly organise hearing on the cost of exposure to EDCs
  • 14: World Diabetes Day
  • 15: World COPD day


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 »

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