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

Tell President Juncker, the Head of the European Commission and his 27 Commissioners that you want them to protect our health and stop our exposure to hormone disrupting chemicals, also known as endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs). Read more...



Endocrine disrupters: the secret history of a scandal
HEAL has translated an article in Le Monde by French investigative journalist Stéphane Horel entitled ’Perturbateurs endocriniens: l’histoire secrète d’un scandale on endocrine disrupters. The article also reveals that June 15 is when Commissioners will sign off on the EDC criteria. Read more...

A new campaign to protect EU chemical laws
HEAL and the Center for International Environmental Law (CIEL) have launched a campaign to ensure that the transatlantic trade and investment partnership (TTIP) between the EU-US does not undermine EU chemicals law, nor public health. Read more...

HEAL response to scientific consensus breakthrough on EDCs
HEAL reacts positively to the outcome of an international expert meeting organised by the German Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR). Read more...

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Publications

- 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?










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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

- WeMove.EU - Petition to EU to ban glyphosate

Events

2016

February

- 22 – 26: TTIP negotiations round

March

- 4, Brussels, Belgium: EU Environment Council

- 7 - 10, Strasbourg, France: EP Plenary

- 17 - 18, Brussels, Belgium: EU Summit

- 20 - 30: Pesticide Action Week

April

- 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


May

- 6: World Asthma Day

- 25: Start of European week against cancer


June

- 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

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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