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

European Commission crosses Parliament’s red lines on TTIP, say over 65 organisations
Ahead of the 14th round of TTIP negotiations in Brussels (11 July), over 65 civil society organisations warned the European Parliament President that the EU Commission is failing to comply with its 2015 TTIP Resolution. In crossing Parliament’s “red lines”, the Commission’s TTIP proposals endanger public health, the environment, and democracy. Read more...

Public health impact of chemicals – knowns and unknowns
A brand new report from the World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that 1.3 million lives and 43 million healthy life-years were lost in 2012 due to exposures to selected chemicals. Read more...

How to choose a sunscreen without problematic chemicals this summer
When you are enjoying the sun and applying sunscreen this summer, don’t forget that your skin is in close contact with the ingredients in the bottle. It is therefore worth considering which substances your sunscreen contains. Are they for example suspected hormone disrupting chemicals? Read more...

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Publications

- A compliance check of the European Parliament’s TTIP Resolution – A preliminary analysis by CIEL, Client and HEAL, 7 July 2016

- 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

- Non à la proposition scandaleuse de la Commission européenne sur les perturbateurs endocriniens!

- WeMove.EU - Petition to EU to ban glyphosate

- Become a supporter of the EDC-Free Europe coalition!

- Generations Futures – Petition to ask French Agriculture Minister to prohibit pesticide sprayings in strong winds

Events

2016

August

- 1 - 7 : World Breastfeeding week

- 8 - 26 : HEAL office closure

September

- 3 - 7, London, UK : ERS Congress

- 8: EPHA 7th Annual Conference

- 12 - 15, Strasbourg, France: European Parliament plenary


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 »

Members

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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